Eggplant

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Ratna eggplant
Ratna eggplant

Also called aubergine or brinjal, it is an egg-shaped vegetable having a shiny skin typically dark purple but occasionally white or yellow. It is a hairy upright herb native to southeastern Asia but widely cultivated for its large glossy edible fruit commonly used as a vegetable.

Other names: Deep Purple/Black Eggplant Striped Eggplant White Eggplant Japanese Eggplant Eggplant  

Nutrition

Eggplant, raw
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy104 kJ (25 kcal)
5.88 g
Sugars3.53 g
Dietary fiber3 g
0.18 g
0.98 g
VitaminsQuantity %DV
Thiamine (B1)
3%
0.039 mg
Riboflavin (B2)
3%
0.037 mg
Niacin (B3)
4%
0.649 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
6%
0.281 mg
Vitamin B6
6%
0.084 mg
Folate (B9)
6%
22 μg
Vitamin C
3%
2.2 mg
Vitamin E
2%
0.3 mg
Vitamin K
3%
3.5 μg
MineralsQuantity %DV
Calcium
1%
9 mg
Iron
2%
0.23 mg
Magnesium
4%
14 mg
Manganese
11%
0.232 mg
Phosphorus
3%
24 mg
Potassium
5%
229 mg
Zinc
2%
0.16 mg
Other constituentsQuantity
Water92 g

Percentages are roughly approximated using US recommendations for adults.
Source: USDA Nutrient Database


  • Are you aware that eggplants are a member of the nightshade family? (They are closely related to tomatoes, potatoes and hot peppers.)
Eggplant fry
Eggplant fry
Roasted eggplant dip
Roasted eggplant dip
  • Are you aware that the first eggplants were white and looked like eggs when hanging from the plant?
  • Are you aware that eggplants are purple, green, white, striped and even orange? (The common variety in the U.S. is deep purple to almost black.)
  • Are you aware that eggplants are commonly used a meat substitute?
  • Are you aware that most eggplants are pear shaped or elongated?
  • Are you aware that eggplant range in size from a golf ball to a football?
  • Are you aware that eggplants contain small, soft, edible, bitter seeds?
  • Are you aware that eggplant is not eaten raw? (It is too bitter!)
Fried eggplant
Fried eggplant
  • Are you aware that there are Japanese/Oriental/Chinese eggplants that have the shape of a cucumber and a thin edible skin?
  • Are you aware that that in the U.S. --- Florida and New Jersey are the top producers of eggplant?
  • Are you aware that if you rinse and salt eggplant it helps eliminate the bitterness and prevents it from absorbing a lot of oil when frying or sautéing this vegetable?
  • Are you aware that eggplant is a berry that forms after the flower drops? (Early in the season eggplants produce star-shaped blue-violet flowers.)
  • Are you aware that that some cultures still think the eggplant is poisonous? (A legend has it that an Indian ate some raw bitter eggplant and had a fit. People thought the eggplant had poisoned him. In some areas it is known as “mad apple”, “bad egg’ or “bad apple”.)
  • Are you aware that there are male and female eggplants? (Check the blossom end. The male has a round mark and the female an oval mark. Females are firmer, have fewer seeds and are less bitter.)
  • Are you aware that the Italians prepare a dish with eggplant and various vegetables called “gumbroit” and the French cook a similar dish but call it “ratatouille”?
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