The Philippine eggplant or the talong is a slim and long variety that is more tasty than the large aubergine. Although it is classified as a vegetable, it is actually a fruit which is endemic to the Philippines and other countries in the Southeast Asian region.

A constant ingredient to several Filipino dishes, it is often seen in the Ilokano dish Pinakbet and Kare-Kare (Ox tripe in peanut stew). It can also stand on its own as seen in the tortang talong or nilagang talong with bagoong.

The Talong is actually from the berry family and is also used in dishes like sinigang or salads like ensalada.


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