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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The botanical sassafras was at one time worth its weight in gold as a medicinal plant. It was an early Jamestown export. In modern times it has been used to flavor root beer.