Long Neapolitan Grilled Eggplant • Small jar
Melanzana Lunga Napoletana Grigliata from Campania is a local culinary expression of southern Italy. Long, thin aubergines cut into layers are grilled and then seasoned with fine olive oil, garlic, parsley, salt and pepper to create a simple and tasty side dish. The perfect accompaniment to meat, fish or cheese dishes. Not only an exceptional side dish, but also a versatile ingredient to enrich salads, appetisers or sandwiches.
Aubergine, extra virgin olive oil, wine vinegar, salt, garlic, parsley, oregano, basil, traces of chilli pepper
The origin of this vegetable is still uncertain, but it is thought to have arrived in Europe in the Middle Ages thanks to the Arabs, who called it bardigian. In Italy, where the prefix 'melo' was used for all exotic vegetables, including pomegranate and melacotogna, the addition of 'melo' to bardigian gave rise to the name melanzana (or mulignana in the Neapolitan dialect).
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The history of the Neapolitan eggplant: from the land to the plate
The Neapolitan long eggplant is a variety of eggplant that originated in Campania, particularly in the city of Naples. Its history goes back many years, when it was grown in the private gardens of Neapolitan families. Over time, its popularity grew and today it is one of the most widely used aubergines in the kitchen. Its long and slender shape makes it ideal for grilling and preserving in oil, as is the Neapolitan tradition; this eggplant is a treasure of the Neapolitan culinary tradition to be discovered and enjoyed in all its nuances.
What are the beneficial properties of the Neapolitan long eggplant?
The Neapolitan eggplant is appreciated not only for its unique flavour, but also for its health benefits.
- This variety of eggplant is rich in antioxidants, which help protect the body from damage caused by free radicals
- It contains a large amount of fibre, which helps to regulate digestion and maintain a healthy bowel
- The Neapolitan eggplant is also an important source of essential vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin C, vitamin K and potassium. Finally, thanks to its natural properties, it can help regulate blood cholesterol levels, reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease
In short, the Neapolitan long eggplant is not only a delight for the palate, but also a valuable ally for health.
Traditional Neapolitan recipes with eggplant
The grilled Neapolitan eggplant is one of the main ingredients of traditional Neapolitan cuisine. In particular, this vegetable is used to prepare some tasty recipes that are appreciated all over the world. One of the most famous recipes is certainly aubergine parmigiana, a rich and tasty dish prepared with layers of grilled aubergine, mozzarella, tomato and basil. Grilled Neapolitan eggplant is also the main ingredient in pasta alla norma, a typical Sicilian dish made with grilled eggplant, tomatoes, basil and salted ricotta cheese. Thanks to its intense flavour and soft texture, the grilled Neapolitan eggplant is a versatile ingredient that can be used in many preparations and in many Mediterranean recipes.