The USA is an immigrant culture, with a broad range of food traditions imported from around the world. This is no less true of Canada, as this article from the September 23rd issue of the Toronto Star shows. A quick visit to community gardens in first and second tier cities across the continent also shows this clearly as many plots are maintained by recent immigrants, and their plantings are full of crops many longer established Americans might not recognize. The eggplants to the left represent Thai, Turkish, Japanese, Indian, Laotian and Italian varieties. All of these varieties are from the eggplant trials in Burlington, VT’s Intervale gardens in 2002. Here is a comprehensive photo gallery.