Eggplant, aubergine, or brinjal is a perennial fruit of the nightshade family, making them a close relative of tomatoes and potatoes. In India, they are famous as Brinjal and bring unique flavor and texture to various dishes.
Eggplants are not vegetables but are berries and their flesh and seeds are edible. But, their kernels are bitter because a thin layer of nicotine covers them. Eggplant has the highest nicotine level among any vegetables, but it is in a negligible amount (0.01%) in eggplant.
Eggplants come in various colors, including purple (most common), green, pink, and white. They also come in different shapes and varieties. The flesh of eggplant has a rich and meaty texture, which makes it a perfect chewy stand-in for meat.
Eggplants have been an ingredient in many medicines for centuries. Earlier some ayurvedic medical practitioners used a white variety of eggplants to treat diabetes and asthma.
Eggplants have a high content of vitamins, fibers, and minerals, which have a fair share of health benefits, including:
Eggplants are easy to add to our diet. We can bake, roast, grill, or prepare it as curry. This low-calorie versatile food product is the best replacement for high-calorie food. So enjoy this nutrient-rich food and gain numerous health benefits.