Hey, folks, here I am! My son FINALLY lets me work a little He’s “big” boy now, almost ten months… he’s so demanding at this period, but today somehow I managed to organize our time. He’s right by my side, carefully watching mommy working something on a computer. Good boy!
Today’s post will be about one of my favorite vegetables (and actually it is a fruit!)- eggplant. I always associate it with autumn. Don’t know why because it is available all year long. But if you want to plant it in your own garden, you should be aware that it is cold sensitive plant. It is best to plant it in the season of bell-peppers.
Shiny, purple-colored eggplant or aubergine, if you like, has this bitter-sweet taste which I like the most about it. It is very healthy yet its nutritious value is very small- it has only 24 kcal per 100g. It’s rich in carbohydrates and fiber, it also has significant portion of proteins, and what is the best- it has very, very small amount of fats (0.19g per 100g).
This plant is also full with cellulose which is beneficial for our digestive system. It also decreases amounts of blood cholesterol and therefore the risk of coronary diseases, certain types of cancer, it regulates blood pressure (it has 230mg of potassium), and try to keep in mind these facts if you do not like to eat it It also helps in blocking the formation of free radicals, so it has anti-ageing and anti-inflammatory effects (because of certain type of photochemical it contains).
Minerals and vitamins in this plant can be found in sufficient quantity: vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, and B9; vitamin C, calcium, phosphorus, iron, magnesium, zinc…
One interesting fact about eggplant- it contains nicotine! Even if it is really found in traces (I found the information that 9kg of eggplant contains the same amount of nicotine as it is found in one single cigarette!!!), I have to share this fact for those who didn’t know this.
It is very popular all around the world, and it let’s you show off preparing it It is very easy to prepare, and it is very tasty cooked, grilled, roasted or fried. Later I’ll share with you one of my favorite recipes with eggplant, now I have to go play with my son!