Superfoods: Eggplant and Raspberry A Superfood is a natural food that is especiallybeneficial because of its high level of antioxidants and health promoting qualities.
The eggplant originated in India and was originally thought to be poisonous. It is closely related to the tomato. The growing season for the eggplant is late summer to early autumn and it is easy to grow at home. Eggplant is a fruit that can be used to help lower blood cholesterol.
• Eggplant is available all year long• Its peak is from August through September.
Prefers fertile, well-drained, slightly acid soil that is high in organic matter for best growth and yield, but tolerates a broader range of soil types. Has moderate moisture needs. Prefers a warm, long growing season
Harvest plants after they develop color, but before they lose their shine. If the seeds are brown, then the eggplant is too ripe. • Harvest once the eggplant has matured
Keep your eggplant in a cool, dry place. Avoid storing near apples, as apples give off a gas that causes eggplant to ripen too quickly. If you require a longer storage time, place your eggplant in a plastic bag and put it in the refrigerator. Don’t store longer than 7 days Eggplants are sold individually or by the pound
At your local grocery At your local farmer’s store market
Smaller, immature eggplants are best. Full-size puffy ones may have hard seeds and can be bitter. Choose a firm, smooth-skinned eggplant that is heavy for its size; avoid those with soft or brown spots.
Gently push with your thumb or forefinger. If the flesh gives slightly but then bounces back, it is ripe. If the indentation remains, it is overripe and the insides will be mushy. If there is no give, the eggplant was picked too early. If you hear a hollow sound, dont buy it.
• It should be consumed shortly after it is harvested. • Never eat raw eggplant since it contains the toxin solamine. Solamine is destroyed by cooking.• Try grilling, baking or adding eggplant to your favorite dish
Add to soups, sauces, Slice it ½ inch thick to put casseroles on sandwiches Grill, bake, sauté Chop it up and put it in stir fry, spaghetti sauce Leave the skin on to keep the nutrients. Cook in a bit of olive oil
Eggplant, cooked, cubes 1. 00 cup 99. 00 gram s 27. 72 calories DV W orlds ( % Nutrient Healthiest Nutrient Amount ) Density Foods Rating dietary fiber 2.48 g 9.9 6.4 very good 245.52 potassium 7.0 4.6 very good mg manganese 0.13 mg 6.5 4.2 very good copper 0.11 mg 5.5 3.6 very good vitamin B1 0.08 mg 5.3 3.5 very good (thiamin) vitamin B6 0.09 mg 4.5 2.9 good (pyridoxine) 14.26 folate 3.6 2.3 good mcg 12.87 magnesium 3.2 2.1 good mg tryptophan 0.01 g 3.1 2.0 good vitamin B3 (niacin) 0.59 mg 3.0 1.9 good W orlds Healthiest Foods Rating Rule O AN excellent DV>=75% Density>=7.6 DV>=10% R D O AN very good DV>=50% Density>=3.4 DV>=5% R D O AN good DV>=25% Density>=1.5 DV>=2.5% R Dhttp://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=2