Eggplant is an egg-shaped, glossy, dark purple vegetable that has white flesh and a meaty texture. Eggplant is often used as a substitute for meat in dishes because of its texture.
Nutrition and Health Benefits of Eggplant
Eggplants are full of vitamins, minerals and fiber. Eggplants have vitamin C to help keep our immune system strong and help our bodies heal quickly. Eggplants are also full of fiber to help with digestion, keeping us feeling full, and can aid in keeping our hearts healthy.
How to Select Eggplant
Choose eggplants that have a shiny, smooth skin without any bruises or blemishes. Choose ones that seem heavy for their size and that have a green stem that is free of mold. Smaller eggplants usually have a less bitter taste than larger eggplants.
How to Store Eggplant
Eggplants are very sensitive to temperature. Make sure to store your eggplant in the refrigerator. The white flesh inside an eggplant can turn brown quickly so be sure to cut an eggplant right before you want to use it.
How to Prepare Eggplant
- Make a ratatouille with peppers and tomatoes
- Grill or bake it and serve as a side
- Add grilled eggplant to a sandwich
- Stuff with meat and grains and bake it
- Add eggplant to lasagna or a pasta sauce
- Add cut or mashed baked eggplant to a dip like Baba Ganoush
- Top a pizza with eggplant
- Cut and add to a soup
- Make a kabob with eggplant and other vegetables
- Add it to a stir-fry
- Add it to a curry
Seasonal Availability of Eggplant in Nebraska
Materials to Print
The Seasonal Produce Handouts page includes a variety of handouts, recipes, and recipe cards that are available as downloadable PDFs. You can use these resources in your educational programs.