Joyful Terung 🍆 appreciation day everyone! 🍆🍆🍆🍆🍆🥳🥳🥳🎉🎉
Well not really. World eggplant day 🍆 actually seems to be the August 17 every year, but we just can’t wait, because we at Cilisos adore this divine 🍆 so much. So much. How we cry for joy at her abundant length! How we bow down in respect to his turgid circumference! And how… *sheds a single tear of happiness* how hungry we are at the thought of his purple skinglistening under a layer of curry or sambal, brushing our teeth as we stretch our lips around!
Indeed, our love for this fruit is almost a sin, and in our joy we would like to share 5 (🍆🍆🍆🍆🍆) interesting eggplant facts, which are sure to indulge you in our worship 🍆. Starting with…
1. Common names terung 🍆 come from their tendency to make you 💨💨
scientifically called solanum melongena, it is a fruit with many names. Word ‘terung’ Seems to be an original Malay/Javanese word, as far as we can tell, but people around the world called it various things.
The most popular names for it are aubergine and brinjaland these go back to Arabic al badinjanwhich was itself a borrowing from Sanskrit origins: vatigamamameaning ‘the plant that heals the wind’, as it was believed that eating terungs can get rid of gas. Eggplant is more commonly used in British English, French, Dutch, and German; while brinjal is more common in South Asia and South Africa, and to some extent in Malaysia and Singapore.
In places like North America and Australia, the term aubergine is more common, as the angmohs saw the little white one first. And we don’t blame them for calling it an eggplant. Enjoy this lulzy portrait we found on the Wikipedia page:
Grown in gardens, it was also known as garden egg at the time. When a similar looking but longer and more purple fruit appeared, they simply called it eggplant. And such was the story of the pride of the terung.
2. We have long 🥵 terungs, hairy 🌵 terungs and tiny 🤏 terungs
As with many agricultural products, there are several varieties of terung the low. The terung girthy we know and love (Solanum melongena) are usually called terung panjang (long terung), and it is the most commonly planted cultivar in Malaysia. Other varieties of this type include the terung putih panjang (long white terung), which looks like the ordinary terung but white; terung bulat (round terung), which is round as its name suggests; terung rapuh (brittle terung), which is slightly ovoid and has crisp flesh; and terung telur (egg terung), which is white and looks like an egg.
Members of a closely related species called Solanum ferox are also called terungs, and there are two common varieties. One of them is the terung Dayak (or terung asam), which is round, orange and sour, and more popular in Sarawak. The other is the terung ball (hairy terung), which looks the same but is covered with fine hair. This variety is more commonly found in the wild, although it has been cultivated on small farms. The flesh has a sweet and sour taste, and it is used in curries and sauces, and as medicinal preparations for worms, minor wounds or even syphilis.
Finally, there is the pipit terung (Solanum tarvum), which looks quite far from an ordinary terung: tiny, green, and grows in clusters. The name is kinda cute since pipits are small birds, and the size of this terung makes it look like it’s a terung, but for pipits. Anyway, this type of terung is found near houses and farms, and the fruits are eaten in salads or sambal.
Anyway, if you want to know more about the different types of terung, we recommend this blog written by a local agronomist expert: it is quite complete. But whatever type of terung you have a preference for, it’s important for us to remember that all terungs are equally valid💯💯💯.
3. You can take a ride 🤠 on a terung 🍆. Yeah !
Well, a little. For the purposes of this section, you will need to be a Japanese spirit to drive one. During the Obon Festivalwhich somewhat resembles the Japanese Buddhist equivalent of the Qing Ming festival, the graves of ancestors are cleared and their spirits are believed to visit their families. domestic altars. On some of these altars, you might find two curious things: a cucumber and a terungboth standing on four wooden “legs”.
These are vehicles for ancestral spirits. Cucumbers are believed to be horses that quickly bring ancestors back from the underworld. the terungon the other hand, is meant to be a cow: more robust so that it can help bring the offerings back to the underworld, and slower so that the spirit can enjoy a quiet return. Looks like we made this up, but cucumber and terung horses made them seasonal items in Animal Crossing: New Horizons last year.
While most of our readers probably don’t celebrate Obon, a terung cow is quite cute and easy to make, so feel free to make one and pretend it’s a real cow! Make it moo! Provoke him with a red cape! Don’t forget to use the terung for lunch after you finish playing with it. We don’t waste.
4. Terungs🍆 are related to potatoes🥔, tomatoes🍅 and…tobacco🚬?!
Terungs belong to a family of plants called Solanaceae, or commonly called nightshades. If the name sounds a bit ominous, it’s probably because you’ve heard of a plant in this family called deadly nightshade (Atropa belladonna), which is highly toxic. But not all nightshades are harmful, they just make some fascinating chemicals. Members of the family include fleshy woods like tomatoes and potatoes, spicy woods like chili peppers, ornamental woods like petunia, and even smoky woods like tobacco.
The family is therefore quite diverse, but it is interesting to note that the relationship of terung to tobacco is not just that of a half-brother: terung seeds also contain traces of nicotine, giving them that slightly bitter taste. While a host of other fruits and vegetables like potatoes, tomatoes, celery, and cauliflower also contain small amounts of nicotine, terungs have the highest nicotine content of all. Even so, you shouldn’t worry about getting addicted and wanting to have a terung in your mouth every time you’re stressed. you should eat more than 9 kilos of terungs to get roughly the same nicotine from a single cigarette.
So unless your terung-mania is greater than ours, there is no need to prepare for terung withdrawal symptoms anytime soon.
5. Is your terung 🍆 big enough 🥵 to sell 💹💹💹?
What makes a BIG terung? The Malaysian Federal Agricultural Marketing Authority (FAMA) had published a guide for farmers to sell their terungs, and inside is a guide to grading your terungs depending on height and weight. So get out your rulers and scales, and let’s measure your terung!
- Should be considered as XL (extra large/terlalu besar/daddy terung), your terung must be over 30 cm (11.8 inches) and weigh over 300 grams.
- If your terung is between 21 and 30 cm long (8.3 and 11.8 inches) and weighs between 201 and 300 grams, it is considered a L (besar/great).
- If your terung is between 11 and 20 cm long (4.3 and 8.2 inches) and weighs between 101 and 200 grams, it is a M (medium/sedang).
- Your terung is S (smol/kecil) if it measures less than 10 cm (less than 3.9 inches) and weighs less than 100 grams.
Well, you know what they say. When it comes to making a tasty terung dish, it’s not the size of the terung that matters, but rather how you cook it.
All 🍆 salute 🍆 the purple 🍆 fruits 🍆!
That’s it for today’s article. There’s so much more we’d like to say about terung (did you know it’s technically a berry?), but we hope that with these interesting facts brought to light, it will broaden our knowledge of this magnificent fruit, fill in the gaps in our understanding of it, and deepen our validation and reverence for this versatile vegetable. Whether dipped in curry, stuffed with sambal, or slathered in oil, let’s take a moment of silence and appreciation the next time we bite into a terung before letting it slide down our willing throats.
Glory to the terung, and may your days be filled with it.