Bitter Yellow Eggplant
(มะเขือขื่น ; ma kheuua khuen)

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By: Hanuman

Botanic name: Solanum xanthocarpum Schrad. & Wendl.

In Thai, khuen means nasty, and this member of the eggplant family has beyond words a wrong flavor.

Thai people know how to bring the best out of their ingredients, even from those that in first glance seem helpless.  Luckily, it is awful only in its greenish interior. Remove the seeds, soak it in water for 20 minutes and a star is born.

Commonly used in curries, Issan style papaya salads and as an companion to chili relishes.  Bitter yellow eggplant is said to round up the sharp heat of chilies and even to cure stomach ulcers.

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  • Avatar Melynda Oct 9, 2012, 3:53 am

    My dad bought 4 plants he believed to be just eggplants for the first time this year. As they grew we have had almost no idea what to do with them. I took some home only to find they have a strong oder and thought maybe they we’re just over ripe. Thanks for giving me some insite for how to use them!

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