Eggplant

Nutritional Information
Good source of fiber.

What To Look For
Skin should be smooth and taut with fresh-looking green cap at the stem end. Should be heavy for its size. Avoid overgrown eggplants that are more than 5 inches in diameter.

Easy Storage and Preparation
Store at a cool room temperature or in the refrigerator. After a few days, eggplants become unpleasantly bitter. The skins are edible and a good source of nutrition, but they may be peeled if you prefer.

Best Uses
It's important to cook eggplant thoroughly for good taste and texture. Grilling a half-inch slice takes about 2 minutes, while baking 2 halves takes about 30 minutes. Season with basil, oregano, tomatoes, olives, peppers, and lemon juice.

Recipes
Grilled Eggplant Sandwiches
Veggie City Dip
Rigatoni Alla Norma
Eggplant Parmesan Style




Summer Fruits and Vegetables
Other Vegetables


Arugula
Avocados
Beans, Green
Beans
Beets
Collards
Corn
Cucumber

Eggplant
Garlic
Kohlrabi
Mushrooms
Okra
Onions
Peas, Sugar, Snap
Peppers

Potatoes
Shallots
Squash, Summer
Swiss chard
Tomatoes
Zucchini
see also:  Summer Fruit Guide
Fall Vegetable Guide | Fall Fruit Guide
Winter Vegetable Guide | Winter Fruit Guide
Spring Vegetable Guide | Spring Fruit Guide
 
related links:  FDA's Tips for Handling Fresh Produce



NOTE:
An excellent source contains more than 20 percent of the Daily Value for that nutrient. A good source contains between 10 and 19 percent of the Daily Value.

   Source: Copyright 2000 by Ellen Haas.
From the book "Great Adventures in Food" By Ellen Haas.
Used with permission of St. Martin's Press, LLC.

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