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Published on August 16th, 2011 | by Rachel Fox, RD

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Eggplant: In Season Now

In Season NowEggplant varieties

The end of the summer is rounding out, well it is in Michigan anyway. Our gardening season will be over in a couple months and to help finish us out is the fantastic eggplant.

Eggplant is a beautiful summer plant that is typically in season from July to October (weather depending.) Eggplant prefers a lengthy warm season (so Michigan is not a candidate for a long eggplant season.) The eggplant plant grows much like that of a bell pepper, but needs a little more spacing. The edible varieties take anywhere from 60 to 90 days to be cultivated.

You may not have a garden and may need to find the perfect eggplant at the fruit market. When looking for one to purchase, be sure it has a shiny exterior and is free of blemishes. It should feel fairly firm and dense. The green leaves on top should be bright green and not wilted. Choosing a perfectly ripe eggplant will help create better tasting eggplant recipes.

The Nutrition Facts

Eggplants are highest in potassium and manganese. Potassium is a mineral important for cell function in our bodies. It’s main function is as an electrolyte that plays a key role in heart function. Without potassium our hearts would stop. Eggplant has about 10% of the daily recommended amount of potassium in each 1 cup serving. Manganese is also a mineral and eggplant has about 8% of the daily value in each one cup serving. Manganese is involved with antioxidant enzymes in the body, helping to fight cancer.

 

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About the Author

Rachel is a Registered Dietitian and food and nutrition enthusiast from southeast Michigan. She has her Bachelor's in Dietetics from Central Michigan University and completed her dietetic internship at Michigan State University. Rachel aspires to get a Master's of Public Health in the near future. Her passions include cooking, baking, and even grocery shopping. She supports local food, slow food, and good food! Rachel's spare time is devoted to attending local concerts and festivals, reading and playing tennis.



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