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Eggplant Facts

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Eggplant facts and general information about eggplants.

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Eggplant is Available:

Eggplant grow in Mid summer through fall

How Does an Eggplant Grow:

Eggplants grow from a seed planted in the garden

What to Look for When Buying Eggplant:

The flesh should bounce back when pressed softly. Eggplants should be heavy for their size, have a good purple color with no blemishes or bruises.

Eggplant Storage Tips:

Store unwrapped in a cool place or in a plastic bag in your refrigerator such as the crisper drawer.

How to Cook Eggplant:

Bake, grilled, sauted cooked in casseroles. Try chopping a peeled eggplant in squares cook in a pan and add to pasta dishes. Bake whole eggplant in oven and use meat for dishes or dips.

Eggplant Nutrition Facts:

Eggplant is high in fiber, folate, potassium, Vitamin C, and Vitamin K. They are  low in calories.

Eggplant Facts- Recipe: 

Eggplant Parmigana

2 Cups spaghetti sauce
2 small eggplants
1 large egg
2 tablespoons water
2/3 Cup dry bread crumbs
1/3 Cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 Cup olive or vegetable oil
2 Cups shredded mozzarella cheese (8 ounces)
In flat pie plate or baking dish mix egg and water together. In another flat pie plate or dish mix together bread crumbs and parmesan cheese. Peel eggplant and have adult cut in slices. Dip eggplant slices first in egg mixture then in bread crumbs. Place in baking dish. Continue until bottom of dish is covered. Pour half of spaghetti sauce over top and sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Repeat with remaining egg plant slices then sauce and mozzarella cheese. Layering in the pan until filled. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes or until bubbly.

Eggplant Melts


Use eggplant and vegetables to make ratatouille, then watch the Disney movie to go with it.

Eggplant Sticks

1 medium eggplant
½ Cup milk
1 egg
1 Cup Italian bread crumbs
3 Tablespoons olive oil
pasta sauce
Peel eggplants and chop off ends. Cut eggplant into sticks and soak in ice water about 30 minutes. Meanwhile in flat dish mix milk and egg together. In another flat dish or pie plate spread bread crumbs. After chilled, dip eggplant sticks into milk mixture. Then bread crumbs to coat. Place in baking casserole dish. Chill 30 minutes. Have an adult fry in oil about 10 minutes until golden or bake at 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes until crispy. Serve with pasta sauce for dipping.

Grilled Herb Eggplant
grilled eggplant

Baba Ghanoush

This Middle Eastern recipe has a unique twist with a touch of peanut butter for those kids who love peanut butter perhaps that will entice them to give it a try.

Kids Cooking Video: Eggplant Frittata

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