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 interchangably in recipes!
Why is it good for my body?Although eggplant is not particularly high in any one nutrient, it still offers an array of health benefits. It contains a variety of vitamins and minerals and has a good amount of fiber. It is also low in calories and sodium.
Where does it come from?Eggplant may have originated in India and was introduced around the world through trade routes. When first introduced in Europe, it was only grown ornamentally because,as a member of the night shade family, it was believed to be poisonous!
What season is it fresh?Eggplant is 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?Eggplant 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?Eggplant 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, baked, or roasted. Try our Tomato and Eggplant Salad or our Ratatouille for some delicious applications.