How to Buy, Store & Prepare Aubergines/Eggplants.
They come in all sorts of sizes and shapes but I absolutely love this vegetable because I can use in a barbecue, in a curry, in a ratatouille, and in so many other dishes. My personal favourite is spicy Indian Eggplant Curry!
Now, its delicacy isn’t the only thing worth noting. You will be astounded by its wonderful health benefits!
It was first used for their medicinal properties rather than culinary. Throughout history, different civilizations wrote about the immense health benefits of eggplant
It has tons of nutritional benefits and we are just going to quickly go through them now:
- Aubergines are a great source of dietary fibre and essential for your gut health and regulating bowel movement
- The fibre in aubergines helps in reducing the chances of heart-related diseases
- It contains a minimal amount of fat and cholesterol which makes it an amazing food for people who want to lose weight
- Aubergines have the potential to help your body fight against skin cancer cells
- They are very bone-friendly and a must-eat for people who are at risk of osteoporosis
- Also these can help improve your brain function and prevent anemia
- According to the NIH and American Diabetes Association, aubergines are highly recommended for managing type-2 diabetes
- Aubergines are a rich source of folic acid which makes them an amazing food for you if you are expecting!
There are tons of more benefits but let’s get to buying and cooking some aubergines now!
Let’s Go Buy Some Aubergines:
The ‘normal’ aubergines are long and deep purple in colour but you might find violet or white or green ones in oriental stores as well. To buy the right aubergines, make sure that
- They feel firm
- They have shiny skin
Don’t buy the ones that are dull and flabby.
Once you bought some aubergines, make sure you keep them in a cool place. However, don’t put them in the fridge because they will lose their firmness pretty quickly and become flabby.
How to Cook Aubergines:
Now, you might have heard that aubergines need to be disgorged to get rid of bitterness or excess moisture. Another reason given for this is to prevent them from absorbing too much fat.
However, this isn’t true at all.
By disgorging, aubergines flesh loses its colour which isn’t beneficial in any way.
All you need to do is to trim whatever remains of the stem, wipe the skin with a damp cloth and cut the fruit as needed for your recipe.
You don’t need to remove the skin at all.
To cook them, cut them into slices or cubes and let them heat in a few teaspoons olive oil.
You don’t need to add water as their natural juices will moisten them during the cooking process.
If you are going to grill your aubergines, then painting the top surface with a little olive oil isn’t a bad idea and grill until that side is fully cooked. This should take around 5-7 minutes and after that, turn and repeat.