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Eat aubergines (eggplant)

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

The aubergine's subtle and distinctive combination of textures and flavours - smooth, fleshy, creamy, smoky - make it a versatile and beguiling component of many great dishes.

NUTRITION

Aubergines are a good source of fibre and folic acid. The colour of the skin is a result of the presence of anthocyanins - compounds with antioxidant properties.
TIPS

BUYING
Choose aubergines that feel heavy with smooth, taut, unblemished skin and fresh-looking unwithered green stalks.

STORING
Aubergines are easily damaged; handle with care. They keep in the fridge for a few days.

PREPARING
In the past it was normal to salt aubergines to remove bitterness and moisture. Modern aubergines are rarely too bitter, but salting can help reduce the amount of oil aubergines absorb during cooking. Cut the aubergine into thick slices, salt well and stand in a colander for around half an hour to allow the juices to drain away. Rinse thoroughly and dry with a kitchen towel.

Roasting, griddling and frying (with a good batter to reduce the amount of oil absorbed) are all suitable cooking methods.

RECIPE
Imam bayildi - http://www.cypnet.co.uk/ncypru
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  • BRIGITTE20
    I love aubergines, especially in ratatouille or dried in the oven! They make a chewy, nearly calorie free snack this way. Thanks for sharing. emoticon
    3077 days ago
  • TWOOFTHREE
    I kinda like them. But I've had mixed results when I've tried to cook them myself.
    3089 days ago
  • JOHNWBROCKSR777
    I love Aubergines...
    3089 days ago
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