How to cook Aubergine
Aubergines are often grilled, barbecued, fried, roasted or baked. They are sometimes stuffed with other ingredients. The flesh of an aubergine quickly discolours once cut, so prepare just before cooking. The spongy texture means that they are excellent for soaking up flavour – and also cooking oil, so be aware of this when frying!
WATCH: Baked aubergine parmigiana
IS AN AUBERGINE A VEGETABLE?
Although we call aubergines vegetables, they’re technically a fruit because they contain seeds. They’re part of the Nightshade plant family, which includes tomatoes, chillies, peppers and potatoes.
DID YOU KNOW?
Aubergines come in many different colours – purple, green, pink-striped and even orange. While some are long and slender, others, like the Thai green pea, are the size of a grape.
In the United States, aubergines are called eggplants, and in West Africa they are sometimes called garden eggs – this is because some varieties are a pale yellow colour, similar to eggs.
What are the health benefits?
One third of a medium-sized aubergine counts as one of your 5-a-day.