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Eggplant: Folklore, Healing & Magickal Attributes

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Written by: Dawn Black (Witchipedia)

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Reviewed by: Tina Caro

Eggplant (Solanum melongena) is a tender perennial native to Asia. It grows up to 3 feet tall with a similar spread and has wide, coarsely lobed leaves. The stem is often prickly. The flowers are shaped like other flowers in the nightshade family with five fused petals and bright yellow stamen. They may be white or purple. The fruit is fleshy with a waxy skin and is most popularly dark purple but is available in many different colors and shapes. This can be a very decorative dual purpose garden plant.

Other Names auburgine, brinjal

KEY TAKEAWAYS

Eggplant has a rich history intertwined with folklore, dating back to ancient times, where it was considered both a symbol of fertility and a source of superstition.

Propagating eggplants can be done through seeds or seedlings, with some varieties being more suitable for different climates and growing conditions.

Eggplants are believed to possess protective qualities and are often used in spells and rituals for warding off negative energy.

Eggplants offer various health benefits, including being a good source of fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants, which can aid in digestion and support overall well-being.

History and Folklore

It is believed that eggplant originated in India but it was first cultivated in China. Thomas Jefferson first introduced eggplant to the US in 1806.

FolkloreDescription
Symbol of Fertility and AbundanceIn some cultures, the eggplant is considered a symbol of fertility and abundance, associated with bountiful harvests and prosperity.
Warding Against Evil SpiritsIt is believed that placing eggplants at entrances or hanging them in homes can ward off evil spirits and protect against negative energies.
Love and RomanceIn certain folk traditions, eggplants are associated with love and romance. They are sometimes used in love spells or rituals to attract a romantic partner or enhance existing relationships.
Healing PropertiesIn folk medicine, different parts of the eggplant plant were used for various medicinal purposes, such as treating skin conditions, reducing inflammation, and supporting digestive health.
Table 1: Folklore and Legends

Interesting note: Eggplant seeds contain nicotine. About 20 pounds will equal the same amount as a cigarette.

Propagation

Eggplant may be started indoors 8-10 weeks before the last frost. They should be planted out in a sunny location only after the nights have warmed up to more than 50 degrees. They like fertile soil so add some compost when you plant them. Plant 18-24 inches apart. (I plant them in the four corners of the planter box.)

Mulch around the base of stems to keep off weeds and help retain moisture as well as to keep the roots warm in case of a cold snap. Start pinching off flowers as the growing season comes to an end so that the plant concentrates on ripening existing fruits.

Harvesting & Storage

Cut away fruit when plump, glossy, and big enough to use. Store in the refrigerator and use within a few days.

Magical Attributes

Eggplant is a Jupiter plant.

Magickal AssociationCorrespondences
Protection and WardingEggplants can be used in protective spells and rituals to ward off negative energies and provide spiritual defense.
Abundance and ProsperityIncorporating eggplants into abundance and prosperity spells or charms can attract abundance, wealth, and success.
Love and RomanceEggplants can be utilized in love spells or rituals to enhance passion, strengthen romantic relationships, or attract a new love interest.
Divination and IntuitionEggplants may be used as a symbolic tool in divination practices, enhancing intuitive abilities and providing insights into the unseen realms.
Transformation and RenewalThe process of growing eggplants from seeds and witnessing their transformation from a small seedling to a mature fruit can symbolize personal growth, transformation, and renewal.
Table 2: Magickal and Symbolic Associations

It can be used in magical cooking to attract wealth and prosperity.

Healing Attributes

A diet high in eggplant is helpful for type 2 diabetes. It is high in fiber and has a low glycemic index.

Eggplant is also purported to help lower cholesterol and offer some protection against cancer and heart disease.

Health BenefitDescription
Antioxidant RichEggplants are rich in antioxidants, such as anthocyanins, which help protect the body against oxidative stress and promote overall health.
Nutrient DenseEggplants are a good source of essential nutrients like vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber, supporting overall well-being and proper bodily functions.
Heart HealthThe compounds found in eggplants, such as fiber, potassium, and antioxidants, contribute to heart health by helping to lower blood pressure, reduce cholesterol levels, and support cardiovascular function.
Anti-inflammatory PropertiesSome studies suggest that certain compounds in eggplants may have anti-inflammatory effects, potentially benefiting conditions such as arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease.
Skin HealthThe antioxidants present in eggplants may help protect the skin from oxidative damage and promote a healthy complexion.
Table 3: Healing and Health Benefits

However, eggplant should be avoided by those who suffer from gout and other inflammatory issues.

Folklore says that pregnant women shouldn’t eat eggplants because they may cause miscarriages. However, eating a normal amount of eggplant as an occasional side dish is certainly safe.

Culinary Use

Before using, slice and salt your eggplant and let it sit for a few minutes then rinse to remove bitter flavor. This will also reduce the amount of oil your eggplant absorbs during cooking as eggplants can absorb ridiculous amounts of oil. Eggplant is delicious stewed, roasted or fried.

Eggplant blends well with other members of the nightshade family, like potatoes and tomatoes and is great with rice or pasta.

About Morningbird (Witchipedia's Founder)

I am a homesteading hearth witch who grew up along the shores of the Hudson River and has lived among the Great Lakes for the past 20 years. Together with my musical husband and youngest child, I steward a one-acre mini homestead with herb, vegetable and flower gardens, chickens, ducks, geese and rabbits, and areas reserved for native plants and wildlife. 

I have three children; two are grown, and I have been practicing magick alone and with family and friends for over 30 years.

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