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.”
Did You Know?
In 1606, an English joint stock company was formed to establish settlements on the east coast of North America. This company included The Virginia Company of London (which founded Jamestown) and The Virginia Company of Plymouth (which established Popham, a short-lived settlement in Maine).