Known in the New World as “guinea squash,” eggplant reached West Africa via the East Indies. Most Europeans were reluctant to try eggplant, although one early cookbook described them as “very delicious, tasting much like soft crabs.”
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English settlers were encouraged to plant mulberry trees to help their silk production attempts. (Silkworms eat mulberry leaves.) Red mulberry is native to North America but the silkworms preferred the white mulberries of the Orient. Today Jamestown has both red and white mulberry trees.