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E is for Eggplant- Day #5

on April 6, 2016
eggplant

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Aubergines. Eggplant. Whatever you call them, they still look the same. An overgrown type of purpley hued vegetable that somewhat represents a boot/shoe of some sort. This vegetable has never been a favourite of mine until I had a Moussaka. πŸ˜‰ Chargrilled and drowned in tomato sauce and cheese in a lasagne style, made this former dreaded vegetable absolutely delicious. Turns out all this time we had been cooking it wrong.

The best way to prep eggplant is sweat out it’s bitter taste (another thing we never did) using salt. Simply leave it for 30 mins on top of the freshly cut slices and wash away it’s saltiness under water. Your eggplant is now ready to be chargrilled, roasted or whatever you like. Secret of doing this will prevent your eggplant becoming a sponge for oil!

Fun facts about eggplants πŸ˜‰

πŸ˜‰ They’re from the nightshade family. What’s that you say? That’s a good question! So like any other 20 something I googled πŸ˜‰ and failed to find the answer in simple terms. From what I gathered from the world’s healthiest food website, it looks like nightshade families in a food sense simply means they just so happen to like blossoming in the darker shades or even closer at night.

Although generally the edible food ones are safe to eat , for others with sensitive stomachs they are best to avoided due to the alkaloid (nitrogen based components) presence. In other words, they have to potential to cause nerve/muscle function twitches and alike, digestive issues and even bone function. However this only affects the minority. Chances are if you’ve eaten potatoes, tomatoes,eggplant all your life like I have with no problem- you don’t have a thing to worry about! As the levels of alkaloids in those foods are very low.

πŸ˜‰ Another cancer fighting veggie and keeps your heart healthy. Lowers your cholesterol!

πŸ˜‰ Immune system booster and keeps your brain cells active and healthy πŸ˜‰

Mediterranean tonight anyone?

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