As the title says, it’s time to give some extra attention to eggplants.
So much more than just that fun, purple emoji on your phone, eggplants are an underrated fruit and it seems like they have become lost under the wave of love for kale, asparagus, and beets.
And with us striving to live a FRESH life, it’s time to devote the proper due diligence to eggplants.
To begin, here are a few eggplant fun facts that might make you smile:
- Until the 1900s, eggplant was used as a table ornament in America.
- They are called eggplants, because earlier varieties were white, and resembles eggs on the vine.
- They are a great substitute for meat.
- For a long time in Europe and Africa, eggplant was thought to cause insanity and death.
Did that get you egg-cited about eggplant?
Now onto the more serious stuff… what is eggplant?
Eggplant is the fruit that likes to pose as a vegetable, and for some reason, we all kind of go along with it.
For the most part, eggplant is treated and cooked as if it were a veggie and it lacks that juicy sweetness that most fruits have. This “lack of sweetness” fact, however, makes it an amazing piece of produce to cook with, especially since its spongy texture allows it to soak up sauces, fats, and flavors. Eggplant is also low in calories, fat, sodium, and cholesterol, which is a pretty rare combination to find in one piece of food.
The color of eggplant is purple and probably one of the most hard-to-miss pieces of produce at the store.
But even with such an interesting color and strange shape, eggplants are often not what most pick up when they hit the grocery store. This is because unlike an apple or spinach, it is not immediately evident how to cook eggplant, or even what to do with it or how to eat it in general.
This leads us to the next big question: how to prepare eggplant?
Here are the top 3 easiest ways:
#1. Bake it.
It’s simple. Simply cut the eggplant either horizontally into strips or vertically into circular rounds and spread them across a baking tray. Coat them with breading, spices, or your favorite sauce/dressing/mixture and slide it into the oven for ten minutes.
Soon you’ll hear the timer ding and voila! You’ve got delicious pieces of eggplant ready to eat alone or along with something else.
#2. Roast it.
There are three things you need to roast eggplant: a hot oven, a drizzle of olive oil, and a pinch of salt and pepper. This trio will transform your eggplant slices into a roasted and tasty treat.
#3. Toss it in.
After cooking it normally, or to your preferred form, toss it in with your favorite pasta or salad. Hot or cold, it’s a delicious and healthy additive to any entree for lunch or dinner.
If you’re looking to get more fancy with your eggplant, check out an eggplant parmesan recipe or stuff it like you would a pepper or a turkey.
Now that you know why you should add eggplants to your shopping cart and how to prepare them once you get home, all you need to know is how to store them.
The best way to store eggplant is in your fridge on the top shelf next to your FRIDGE FRESH unit, of course. The fridge and our unit together will increase the shelf-life of the eggplant for up to three weeks so that you can enjoy them baked, roasted, or tossed anytime you want.