Eggplants, also known as aubergines, belong to the plant family of night shades and are used in many different dishes around the globe. They grow much like tomatoes in a way, hanging from the vines of a plant growing several feet in height. While the different varieties have a slight range of taste and texture, the eggplant can generally be described as having a pleasantly bitter taste and a spongy texture.
Types of Eggplants
- Tango Eggplant–This species is special in white. It takes the shape of an egg or a pear. It has thick skin and creamy, tender flesh. Upon processing the tango turns yellow, and becomes stronger and firmer.
- Santana Eggplant–The Italian variety popular for making baba ghanoush the Turkish delicacy.It is dark purple and shaped like a drop of water. For a short grill roast it is tender and absolutely perfect.
- Thai Eggplant-This Thai veggie ball-sized golf is bitter to taste and requires removal of seed. This variety is particularly known for its light green tint with white / yellow stripes while available in a range of colors.
Trivia: Botanically, brinjal is not a vegetable but a fruit (a berry). Just like tomatoes, it grows on vines. It is known to be a vegetable for cooking purposes.
Nutritional Value of Egg plant.
- Calories: (20 kcal)
- Carbs: 9 grams
- Fiber: 3 grams — 14% of the RDI
- Protein: 1 grams
- Vitamin C: (3%) of the RDI
- Vitamin B9 (folate): (5%) of the RDI
- Vitamin K: (4%) of the RDI
- Vitamin A: 23 IUs
- Calcium: 9 mg
- Sodium: 2 mg
- Potassium: 229 mg
- Magnesium: 14 mg
NOTE: RDI- Reference Daily Intake.
1. Good for Cardiovascular Health
Having eggplant can improve your heart health regularly. It helps lower the levels of cholesterol and stabilize your blood pressure. In turn all of this reduces the risk of heart disease. Thanks to the potassium content in this vegetable, your body is also well hydrated. This means that fluid retention does not occur and prevents coronary heart disease.
2. Memory Boosts
Include eggplants in your diet to sharpen your memory. Eggplant contains phytonutrients which protect the cell membranes against damage and facilitate the transfer of messages from one cell to another, thus preserving the memory function. But keep in mind that these essential nutrients are present in the veggie’s skin, so think before you discard the peel.
3. Helps Control diabetes
This simple veggie can mitigate the threat of diabetes – one of the killer diseases. Eggplant is a rich source of fiber and is low in soluble carbohydrates.
4. Promotes Anti-aging
With the help of kitchen ingredients such as eggplants, you can easily achieve the dream of looking younger than your age. And yes, don’t peel or char that skin, and throw it away. The eggplant’s skin contains several anthocyanins, and these antioxidants serve as anti-aging agents.
5. Removes Excess smoothing iron.
From The Body Iron transports oxygen to all parts of the body and hence, is an essential mineral. But inside the body too much iron is not a good sign. But inside the body too much iron is not a good sign. The eggplant helps remove excess iron from the body. It scavenges your body’s free radicals, and protects the cells from damage.
7. Cures Actinic keratosis
Are we not all guilty of basking in the sun in cold months? IT makes us feel wet, and infuses our bodies with vital vitamin D. Yet, as they claim, overall is bad–too much exposure to the harmful sunrays will wreak havoc on our bodies, leading to red and scaly patches. This disease is also known as actinic keratose.
Aubergines are rich in phytonutrients which help to soothe your skin. When used in combination with apple cider vinegar (ACV) it works exceptionally well.
8. Eggplant skin benefits
Read on to find out more benefits to your skin from eggplants.
Is constant exposure to the sun making your skin dull and lifeless? No worries, this wonder veggie has a solution for all. Eggplant has a good amount of water content. This helps maintain well hydrated body and skin. The minerals and vitamins give a clear, smooth tone too. Include this marvelous vegetable in your diet, and make your skin soft and bright.
9. Provides flawless skin.
Eggplants are rich in minerals, vitamins and dietary fiber. It keeps your body clean from the inside, rendering your skin beautiful.
10. Helps Keep Our Scalp Healthy
This colorful vegetable is packed with a good quantity of minerals and vitamins that nourish and maintain your scalp. Therefore it prevents scalp-related issues at bay, like dandruff, itchiness, and scalp diseases.(What You Need? 1 eggplant, 1/2 cucumber, 1/2 avocado, 1/3 cup sour cream. Blend all of the ingredients until you form a smooth paste. Apply this paste to your hair and scalp evenly, and keep it on for half an hour)
11. Promotes hair growth
This is one of the striking benefits of brinjal. It could be really heartbreaking to lose several hair strands every day. And buying those expensive hair products promising the moon is not always a feasible option. Don’t worry–you’ve got eggplant, the real garden egg. Aubergines have enzymes that help to stimulate hair follicles that enhance hair growth.
12. Better Hair Quality
“The happiest omen for a New Year is first Mount Fuji, then the falcon, and lastly the eggplant.” This ancient Japanese proverb simply states how culturally important an eggplant is to be included in one of the happy omens. The importance of this particular veggie has also been cited in many other eras and countries.
HOW TO EAT EGGPLANT
Curries- The fleshy eggplants are a great addition to almost every curry, which gives them a more flavor while contributing to the overall delight. The eggplants can be diced up and added to a chicken or fish curry. It is suitable for a curry on vegetables.
Baked-Slice the eggplant into strips and bake, or cut into a round shape, a spiced coating of breadcrumb and bake for a crunchy taste.
Roasted-This is one of the simplest and most delicious types of eggplant cooking. All it takes is a hot oven, few drops of olive oil, and a sprinkle of salt & pepper to make eggplant into a warm, smooth, and creamy treat.
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