Did you know that Eggplant is a fruit? Just like that tricky tomato with all it's vegetable fake out properties, the lovely Eggplant is also a fruit. I am thoroughly blown away by this fact.
However, it being a fruit, isn't the only thing that makes the Eggplant remarkable. Eggplants come in many different varieties, all with different colors, shapes and sizes. The most typical here in the US is deep purple and a large oblong shape, however there are some types that are white in color, some orange, some just lighter shades of oranges. Som varieties resemble cucumbers in their shape, others are small circular balls. Shapes, sizes and colors- the Eggplant is diverse.
Diverse as it is, the Eggplant is also a great fruit to add to your diet. Scientists have found that it can assist in lowering high cholesterol. Additionally it is a great souce of Folic Acid and Potassium.
Eggplant is a great addition, or even substitution to a lot of dishes. The most popular is Eggplant Parmesan where the fruit is breaded and pan fried or baked to achieve crispy perfection. The meaty interior pairs beautifully with acidic tomato sauce. Of course, Eggplant can be eaten raw or cooked, though when raw it takes on a much more bitter taste. Cooking it dilutes that bitterness and rounds out the flavor. Another popular use is to roast it with light seasoning and blend it with beans into a tasty dip.