The eggplant is related to vegetables such as potatoes, tomatoes, and peppers. Eggplant comes in a variety of shapes and colors, but they can all be used interchangeably in recipes!
Why is it good for my body?Although eggplants are not particularly high in any one nutrient, they still offers an array of health benefits. They contain a variety of vitamins and minerals and has a good amount of fiber. They are also low in calories and sodium.
Where does it come from?Eggplants may have originated in India and were introduced around the world through trade routes. When first introduced in Europe, they were only grown ornamentally because, as members of the night shade family, eggplants were believed to be poisonous!
What season is it fresh?Eggplants are sensitive to cold so they are ready to harvest mid to late summer and do not live past the first frost.
How do I store and handle it?Eggplants can be stored unrefrigerated in cool room temperature or in the produce drawer in the refrigerator for a week.
What are ways to eat it?Eggplants can be prepared in a variety of ways, but it is not eaten raw due to a toxic substance called solanine. Try eggplant grilled, roasted, stir fried, or baked. Try our Tomato and Eggplant Salad or our Ratatouille for some delicious applications.