Gratin of Aubergines

Aubergines en gratin

Preparation info

  • Serves

    4

    • Difficulty

      Easy

Appears in

Sud de France

By Caroline Conran

Published 2012

  • About

Aubergines were at one time regarded with both suspicion and superstition. The aubergine de Narbonne, also known as the violet longue, has several unflattering names in the vernacular –pommefurieuse, raging apple, poule pondeuse, laying hen and, worst of all, vit de l’âne, donkey’s pizzle.

This last name may hint at a long-held belief that eating aubergines made men feel more attractive to women, even though, in the early seventeenth century, these