Eggplants belong to the nightshade family of vegetables. This family includes tomatoes and sweet peppers. The growth pattern of these fruits is similar to their tomato cousins.
Most commercial eggplants are deep purple in color. Other varieties include purple and white striped, mottled and pure white. Their shape can range from small and finger-like to the familiar pear shape. Round ones are equally as popular.
These fruits tend to be bitter tasting if allowed to over mature. The flesh has a spongy resilient quality. This fruit is low in calories and carbohydrates. Eggplants are often substituted for meat in many vegetarian dishes.
Choose eggplants that are deep in color, firm, shiny and smooth in texture.
Here are some great eggplant recipes from Daily Dish Magazine.
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