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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Clay Pipe stems and bowls discarded by Jamestown settlers can help date an archeological site. Over 50,000 have been found by archeologists at Jamestown.