Originally written by Kimberly Cripps , former SDSU Extension Family & Community Health Field Specialist, with contributions by Megan Erickson, former SDSU Extension Nutrition Field Specialist, and Hope Kleine, former SDSU Extension Health Education Field Specialist.
- Related to tomatoes and peppers.
- Eggplants weight about 1-5 pounds and are oval or elongated.
- Usually dark purple colored skin and white, spongy flesh.
- Mature when flesh bounces back when pressed; hard to press is not mature yet; retaining dent is too mature.
- Look for an oval-shaped dimple near the blossom end.
- Refrigerate in plastic for 1-2 days.
- Cook with or without the skin; peeling is desirable for large eggplant. Use only a stainless steel knife.
- Can be baked, broiled, microwaves, sautéed, grilled or stewed. It is not eaten raw.
- Salting the eggplant; cut up, sprinkle with salt, let it drain, rinse and pat dry.
- Milk flavor is enhanced by adding spices such as garlic or foods such as tomato, onion, or cheese.
- Undercooked eggplant will have a chewy texture.
Like it! Herbed Baby Eggplant
- 3lbs. small oriental-type eggplants
- 3 teaspoons salt
- 2 teaspoons finely chopped garlic
- ½ cup olive oil
- 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
- Black pepper
- ½ cup fresh basil leaves, shredded or 1 teaspoon dried basil
- Wash eggplants, remove caps, and cut into quarters or halves. Place pieces on baking sheet in a single layer.
- Rinse salt off eggplant, pat dry, and cut into pieces. Place pieces on baking sheet in a single layer.
- Mix the garlic and oil. Drizzle garlic/oil mixture over eggplant.
- Bake 30 minutes, or until eggplants are brown and tender. Let cool slightly.
- Rinse basil leaves, and chop finely, or measure dried basil.
- Put eggplants into a large bowl and drizzle with vinegar. Add the basil and toss.
Yield: 6 servings
Nutrition Facts per Serving: Calories 230; Fat 19g; Cholesterol 0mg; Sodium 1160mg; Carbohydrates 14g; Sugar 3g; Fiber 8g; Protein 3g
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