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Friday, January 6, 2017

What Are Garden Eggs?

The incredibly versatile garden egg eggplant works in everything from fritters, soups to stews in African recipes.



 Garden eggs, what are garden eggs? Garden eggs are a smaller variety of the eggplant that is highly cultivated and valued in most sub-Saharan African countries.

The garden egg gets its name from the small size of the eggplant and is roughly the same size as a chicken egg. In African Igbo society, the garden egg represents fruitfulness and good fortune.

Fried Coconut Garden Eggs Eggplant Recipe
Eggplant Recipe

Fried Coconut Garden Eggs

Ingredients:
1 large eggplant, peeled and finely diced
2 medium eggs, beaten
1½ coconut water
¼ cup coconut milk
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sweet coconut flakes
Ground dry hot peppers to taste
Salt and pepper to taste
Oil for frying in a deep fat fryer

Directions:
Add all ingredients adding more flour if necessary to make a thick batter. Drop by spoonful’s into hot oil until golden brown. Drain on a paper towel, sprinkle with additional salt and enjoy.

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