DID YOU KNOW?
Eggplant (Solanum melongena esculentum) is a tender perennial plant of the nightshade family (Solanaceae). It is erect, bushy with stem sometimes armed with few spikes. Its leaves are large, ovate and slightly lobed. The shape and color of fruits depend on the variety.
Eggplant is extensively grown in the eastern and southern Asia and in the Philippines, it is one of the most important vegetables.
Its young fruits may be roasted, fried stuffed, cooked as curry, pickled or prepared with other vegetables as the popular Ilocano dishes pinakbet, and dinengdeng.
This vegetable is a good source of potassium, iron, protein and Vitamins A and B. It is naturally low in calories and no fat. Eggplant skin is called “nasunin”. Nasunin is a potent antioxidant and free radical scavenger that has been shown to protect all membranes from damage.
Content and Featured Photo courtesy of the Department of Agriculture (DA) Region VII, Central Visayas, Philippines.