Eggplant is packed with nutrition. Its impressive health benefits lies in the deep purple color of its
They produce many vitamins and minerals, such as excellent amounts of fiber, folate, potassium and manganese, as well as vitamins C, K, and B6, phosphorus, copper, thiamin, niacin, magnesium, and
antioxidant phenolics they found in other eggplant types.
Phenols are known to prevent cancer development and heart disease, but it's these very attributes that give eggplants a slight bitter taste.
Sometimes, the leaves and roots are juiced or boiled to make a tonic for throat and stomach troubles, asthma, skin diseases, rheumatism, inflammation, intestinal hemorrhages, foot pain, coughs, anorexia, toothache, or as a general stimulant.
In purchasing eggplants, choose the dark purple to almost black. They should be firm and free of imperfections. Avoid cutting eggplant prior to storing it as it will spoil quickly after the skin is punctured.