Friday, July 9, 2010

Say Hello To Our L'il Eggplant!

So, exactly how well do you know our July Veggie of the Month?  You probably know that  eggplant is one of the most versatile veggies out there, and can be enjoyed fried, baked, roasted or steamed.

But did you know that they are also nutrient-dense and vitamin-packed? That's right.  Eggplants are a very good source of dietary fiber, potassium, manganese, copper and thiamin - also known as vitamin B1.  On top of that, they're low in calories and fat - which makes them a must-have for any weight loss plan!

When shopping for eggplant, choose one that is firm and heavy for its size.  The color should be vivid--whether it is purple or green.  To test the ripeness of the eggplant, press on the skin with the pad of your thumb.  If it springs back into place, it means it is ripe.  The skin of an eggplant should be free of discoloration, as bruises or scars can often mean that the flesh underneath has become damaged and possibly decayed. 

You'll also want to avoid purchasing eggplants that have been waxed.  Eggplants are very sensitive to both heat and cold and should be stored at a temperature of 50 degrees Farenheit.  And remember:  don't cut an eggplant before you store it, because it perishes quickly once the skin has been punctured or its inner flesh has been exposed.

So now that you know everything there is to know about eggplant, it's time to start enjoying it, right?!  Check our Myspace blog every Friday during the month of July for exciting, delicious eggplant recipes.  In fact, there are 2 amazing egglplant recipes posted on the blog right now!

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