Eggplant Health Benefits, Nutrition and Vegetable Facts
Health Benefits of Eating Eggplants
Facts about Eggplants
Eggplant (scientific name Solanum melongena) is originated from southern India and Sri Lanka. It belongs to the nightshade family, producing edible fruit that differs in size and color depending on the cultivar. Eggplant has many different names; the other two common names are aubergine and brinjal. Some other names include guinea squash, apple-of-love, baingan, gully bean, melanzana, pea apple, terong and susumber.
The American and European eggplant varieties are relatively large, reaching 12-25 cm in length and 6-9 cm in width. The color is deep purple and filled with very small seeds. Other varieties can be skinny and long or round and small. Apart from deep purple, it can be white, yellow, green, lavender as well as reddish purple.
Even though eggplants from different varieties vary a little in their taste and texture, they can be described as having a nice bitter flavour with spongy texture. The vegetable is used, mostly, as a complementary ingredient due to its nature of being able to balance the flavors of other more pronounced ingredients.
Eggplant Nutrition Facts and Calories
|Nutrition Value of 1 cup (82 g) Raw Eggplant (Cubed)|
|Total Fat||0 g|
|Total Carbohydrates||5 g|
|Dietary Fiber||3 g|
1 tablespoon olive oil; 1 large onion, chopped; 450 g yellow squash, halved and diced; 450 g eggplant, peeled and cubed; 450 g plum tomatoes, chopped; 14 teaspoons ground red pepper; 12 teaspoons minced garlic; 1 tablespoon fresh oregano, chopped; 1 teaspoon salt
Heat the oil, over medium-high heat, in a large skillet and sauté the onion for 4-5 minutes. Make sure it the onion is crisp-tender. Add the squash and eggplant. Cover with lid and cook, stirring from time to time, for 9-10 minutes. Make sure the eggplant is tender. Now, add in tomatoes together with remaining ingredients. Again, cover the lid back and continue to cook for 5 more minutes and serve warm.
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