Eggplant is this year’s featured vegetable.
Did you know . . .
- Eggplant or “aubergine” is a species of nightshade grown for its edible fruit.
- As a nightshade, eggplant is closely related to the tomato and potato.
- Culinarily, it’s a vegetable, as it’s used in main dishes and not eaten for sweetness.
- Its origin is considered to be India where it continues to grow wild.
- Eggplant is a very good source of dietary fiber, vitamin B1 and copper. It is a good source of manganese, vitamin B6, niacin, potassium, folate and vitamin K.
- The name eggplant developed in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada because the fruits of some eighteenth century European cultivars were yellow or white and resembled goose or hen’s eggs.