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Eggplant Know Your Fruits and Veggies

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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.

Eggplant Pizza
Eggplant Lasagna
Eggplant Fries
Eggplant Parmesan

 

And find more recipes and cooking video tutorials at CookNGuide.com by Daily Dish Magazine! 

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As a professional cook, I love creating exciting new recipes on the job as well as at home. Assisting in teaching low-income families how to buy, store and prepare healthy food through Penn State’s alliance with Pennsylvania’s Supercupboard Program was very rewarding. During my 11 years with the Master Gardener program, I taught horticultural therapy to assisted living patients using healthful, fr
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