Fresh eggplant

How to select

Choose eggplants that feel heavy and are free from blemishes and discoloration.

How to prepare

  • Rinse under running water. 
  • Keep the skin on the eggplant. 
  • Cut each end off the eggplant. 
  • Cut into thin slices or thicker quarters. 

How to store

  • Keep cucumbers in the crisper drawer of your refrigerator for five to seven days.

Peak season

Summer, fall

Ways to use

  • Add eggplant pieces to a stir fry. 
  • Bake eggplant slices with spaghetti sauce and cheese. 
  • Use in place of meat for an eggplant "burger."
  • Try steaming, grilling, lightly frying, baking, or sauteing.

Fun facts

  • Eggplants are actually berries, not vegetables. 
  • Eggplants belong to the "nightshade" family along with tomatoes. 
  • Eggplants contain more nicotine than any other vegetable, but still not enough to compare to even 1 cigarette. 
  • In the UK, eggplants are called aubergines.

Nutrition facts and info

Most nutrients in eggplant are found in the skin, so don't peel it off. Good source of fiber. Potassium, vitamins C & B6, and other nutrients make eggplant a heart-healthy food.

1 cup cubed eggplant = 20 calories, 5 g carbs, 2.5 g fiber, 12 mg magnesium, 20 g phosphorus, 188 mg potassium, 

Learn more

Growing eggplant in home gardens (UMN Extension)

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Earth Eats. Eight fascinating facts about eggplant. January 18, 2010.

FoodData Central. Eggplant, raw. April 2018.

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