Eggplant, aka aubergine, is often an underappreciated fruit. (Yes, it's actually a fruit, not a vegetable!) It is low in calories, naturaly low in sodium, and jam packed with nutrients such as magenisium, B1, B3, B6, folate, potassium, and much more. Make sure to buy younger eggplants with a firmer skin to ensure maximum health potential.
Since it is very bitter in taste, we recommend that you salt and rinse your eggplant prior to cooking. This process also helps to reduce the amount of oil which it may absorb when cooked. Follow these instructions for a tastier and healthier eggplant:
- Slice the eggplant, then sprinkle with salt and mix to ensure the salt is evenly distributed.
- Leave salted slices in a colander for at least 30 minutes (this will drain the bitter juices, so leave it in the sink or over a large bowl).
- Rinse the slices well.
- Pat slices with a paper towel. They are now ready to cook!
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