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Aubergine vs. Eggplant: What's the Difference?

Edited by Huma Saeed || By Sawaira Riaz || Updated on October 10, 2023
Aubergine and Eggplant refer to the same purple vegetable; "Aubergine" is British English, while "Eggplant" is American English.

Key Differences

Aubergine and Eggplant might seem like distinct terms, but they both denote the same vegetable. Aubergine is commonly used in British English to refer to the dark purple, oblong vegetable that's often included in culinary dishes. On the flip side, Eggplant is the term used in American English for the very same vegetable, recognized for its unique texture and rich flavor.
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Oct 06, 2023
In various parts of the world, either Aubergine or Eggplant might be more recognized. For instance, if you're shopping in a London grocery store, it's more likely you'll see a sign for "Aubergine." However, if you find yourself in a supermarket in New York, "Eggplant" would be the displayed term. The terminology difference is purely linguistic and doesn't indicate any variation in the vegetable itself.
Sawaira Riaz
Oct 06, 2023
It's intriguing how languages develop multiple terms for the same item. Aubergine has its origins in the French language, a term that the British adopted. In contrast, the term "Eggplant" was coined in the United States due to some of the early cultivated varieties being white or yellow, bearing a resemblance to goose or hen's eggs.
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Oct 06, 2023
Despite the difference in nomenclature, Aubergine and Eggplant are used similarly in cooking. Both terms refer to a vegetable that is versatile, popular in dishes like ratatouille or moussaka with Aubergine, and Eggplant parmesan or baba ganoush with Eggplant.
Janet White
Oct 06, 2023

Comparison Chart

Linguistic Origin

French-derived term
American term
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Common Use

British English
American English
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Color

Typically purple
Typically purple (though can be white or yellow)
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Usage in Cuisine

Moussaka, ratatouille
Eggplant parmesan, baba ganoush
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Vegetation Type

Solanum melongena (botanical name)
Solanum melongena (botanical name)
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Oct 06, 2023

Aubergine and Eggplant Definitions

Aubergine

A plant of the nightshade family.
The Aubergine plant thrives in warmer climates.
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Oct 06, 2023
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Eggplant

The American term for the British "Aubergine."
In the US, people commonly say Eggplant.
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Aubergine

A color resembling the vegetable's shade.
Her dress was a deep Aubergine hue.
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Eggplant

Popular in various cuisines worldwide.
Eggplant parmesan is a beloved Italian-American dish.
Aimie Carlson
Oct 06, 2023

Aubergine

The British term for what Americans call "Eggplant."
In the UK, they use the term Aubergine more frequently.
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Eggplant

A purple, oblong vegetable.
I need one large Eggplant for this recipe.
Harlon Moss
Oct 06, 2023

Aubergine

A dark purple vegetable used in cooking.
She added sliced Aubergine to the curry.
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Oct 06, 2023

Eggplant

A member of the nightshade family.
The Eggplant is a cousin to the tomato.
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Aubergine

A key ingredient in Mediterranean cuisine.
Moussaka is a dish made primarily with Aubergine.
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Oct 06, 2023

Eggplant

A color resembling the vegetable.
He painted the wall an Eggplant shade.
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Aubergine

See eggplant.
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Eggplant

A plant (Solanum melongena) native to India, cultivated for its edible, glossy, usually ovoid fruits that are chiefly purple but can be white, yellow, or green.
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Aubergine

(British) An Asian plant, Solanum melongena, cultivated for its edible purple, green, or white ovoid fruit; eggplant.
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Eggplant

A fruit of this plant. Also called aubergine.
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Aubergine

(British) The fruit of this plant, eaten as a vegetable.
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Eggplant

A blackish purple.
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Aubergine

(color) A dark purple colour; eggplant.
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Eggplant

The plant Solanum melongena.
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Aubergine

Hairy upright herb native to southeastern Asia but widely cultivated for its large glossy edible fruit commonly used as a vegetable
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Eggplant

The edible fruit of the Solanum melongena: an aubergine.
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Aubergine

Egg-shaped vegetable having a shiny skin typically dark purple but occasionally white or yellow
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Eggplant

(North America) A dark purple color, like that of the skin of this fruit.
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Eggplant

A black person (used mainly by Italian-Americans).
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Eggplant

A 180 backside rotated invert in which the front hand is planted on the lip of the halfpipe wall
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Eggplant

A plant (Solanum Melongena), of East Indian origin, allied to the tomato, and bearing a large, glossy, edible fruit, shaped somewhat like an egg; mad-apple. It is widely cultivated for its fruit, commonly eaten as a vegetable.
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Eggplant

The fruit of the eggplant{1}.
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Eggplant

Egg-shaped vegetable having a shiny skin typically dark purple but occasionally white or yellow
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Eggplant

Hairy upright herb native to southeastern Asia but widely cultivated for its large glossy edible fruit commonly used as a vegetable
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FAQs

Why is it called "Eggplant" in America?

Early varieties in the US resembled eggs in shape and color, leading to the name "Eggplant."
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Do Aubergine and Eggplant taste the same?

Yes, they are the same vegetable and, thus, have the same taste.
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Can I use the term "Eggplant" in the UK?

Yes, though "Aubergine" is more common, most people will understand "Eggplant."
Janet White
Oct 06, 2023

Which term, Aubergine or Eggplant, is older?

"Aubergine," derived from French, predates the American term "Eggplant."
Aimie Carlson
Oct 06, 2023

Are Aubergine and Eggplant the same?

Yes, they refer to the same vegetable; "Aubergine" is British English, and "Eggplant" is American English.
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Oct 06, 2023

How do you cook an Aubergine?

Aubergine can be grilled, fried, roasted, or baked, among other methods.
Harlon Moss
Oct 06, 2023

Are there different varieties of Eggplant?

Yes, Eggplants come in various sizes, shapes, and even colors.
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Do both Aubergine and Eggplant belong to the nightshade family?

Yes, they're the same vegetable and are part of the nightshade family.
Sara Rehman
Oct 06, 2023

Is the color "Aubergine" based on the vegetable?

Yes, "Aubergine" is a shade of dark purple, like the vegetable.
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Oct 06, 2023

Why might a recipe call for "Aubergine" and not "Eggplant"?

The term used typically depends on the recipe's origin – British recipes often use "Aubergine."
Janet White
Oct 06, 2023

Do Aubergines contain seeds?

Yes, Aubergines contain small, soft seeds that are edible.
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Oct 06, 2023

Why might someone refer to an "Aubergine" shade?

"Aubergine" is a term for a deep, dark purple color, reminiscent of the vegetable.
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Are there any dishes that are popular for Eggplant?

Yes, Eggplant is key in dishes like Eggplant parmesan, baba ganoush, and ratatouille.
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Is Eggplant a fruit or a vegetable?

Botanically, Eggplant is a berry, so a fruit. However, in culinary terms, it's treated as a vegetable.
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Is the Eggplant color always purple?

The most common Eggplant color is purple, but varieties can be white, green, or striped.
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Oct 06, 2023

Can I substitute Aubergine for Eggplant in a recipe?

Absolutely, as they are the same vegetable.
Janet White
Oct 06, 2023

Why is it called "Aubergine" in British English?

The term "Aubergine" is borrowed from French.
Aimie Carlson
Oct 06, 2023

Do Aubergines have nutritional benefits?

Yes, Aubergines are a good source of vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber.
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Oct 06, 2023

Is the Eggplant's skin edible?

Yes, both the skin and the flesh of the Eggplant are edible.
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Oct 06, 2023

Are Eggplants always oblong-shaped?

While often oblong, Eggplants can be round or elongated, depending on the variety.
Janet White
Oct 06, 2023
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