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Eggplant: A complete guide

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Is eggplant (aubergine) a regular staple in your diet, or does it feel like a chore to include?

When prepared and cooked correctly, eggplant brings a wonderful 'meaty' texture to plant-based meals, and readily absorbs the aromas and juices of whatever it's paired with.

With their distinctive shape and colour, eggplant also provides a wealth of nutrition worth making the most of.

To get started, look for smooth, shiny, brightly-coloured produce for the best flavour and texture.

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Health benefits
Good source of fibre, increasing feelings of fullness and reducing appetite.
Good source of copper, necessary for the production of collagen.
Good source of manganese, helping fat and carbohydrate metabolism.
Good source of potassium, supporting heart health.
Good source of vitamin K, helping to build bones.

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How to enjoy
Cook and mash to make a smoke-y eggplant dip or Baba Ganoush.
Roast and stuff with rice, quinoa, veggies, or whatever you've got on hand.
Cube and add to barbecued veggie kebabs.
Toss through pastas or salads, and add to Mediterranean wraps, sandwiches and pizzas.
Use in a colourful homemade Ratatouille.

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How do you enjoy eggplant? Share with us your favourite recipes and suggestions in the comments section.

Vegan Romanian Eggplant Spread
Quinoa, Tofu & Eggplant Salad

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The first time I remember having eggplant was in a restaurant. It was thinly sliced, cooked (probably fried) and served with lemon juice and sautéed garlic. When I make it myself, I bake the eggplant and use lots of garlic. I am happy to entire the entire eggplant myself at one sitting.
Mmm! Sounds great mpwhe! We can definitely enjoy one to ourselves too!
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