Eggplants (Solanum melongena) aka: aubergine, brinjal, garden egg, pea aubergine, baitegene, and guinea squash, are long tube shaped vegetables with white or purple skin, white inner flesh, small edible seeds in the center, and a green cap of leaves.
Health Benefits of Eggplants
- Osteoporosis Protection
- Antioxidant Protection
- Prevention of Epileptic Seizures
- Prevention of Alopecia (Spot Baldness) Eggplants are high in antioxidants and are thought to contain chemicals which can help reduce cholesterol.
*Some of these health benefits are due to the nutrients highly concentrated in Eggplants, and may not necessarily be related to Eggplants.
How to choose Eggplants
Look for a vibrantly colored eggplant, a dull color indicates an eggplant that was picked too late and hence will have a bitter flavor. The green cap at the top is a good indicator of freshness. If the cap is on flush, the eggplant is fresh, if it has started to peel back then the eggplant was likely picked days ago and is not ideal.
Climate and origin
Eggplants originated in India and are one of the oldest cultivated vegetables. Eggplants are hardy and can grow in tropical or temperate climates. (Zones 4-11 in the U.S.)
Eggplants are rarely eaten raw, and are often cooked stewed, fried, or grilled. Cooked eggplants have a light taste with a mushy texture.
Substitutes with more vitamins
Summer Squash, Zucchini
Eggplants are one of the most popular and most cultivated vegetables in the world with over 30 million metric tons grown each year.
Similar tasting produce
Summer Squash, Zucchini
Natural vitamins, minerals, and nutrients found in Eggplants + Complete Nutrition FactsVitamin B1 (Thiamin) | Dietary Fiber | Manganese | Click here to compare these nutrition facts with other vegetables.No Nutrition Facts Available
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