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Eggplant is an interesting vegetable that needs some careful attention when cooking. Without the correct cooking tips, eggplant can often turn out quite bitter in your recipe. We hope to show you a few tips that will help your eggplant shine in your home cooking.

Look below to find more info about eggplant including: health benefits, how to store, general cooking tips and eggplant recipes.

Health Benefits to Eggplant:

  • Good source of potassium, which helps lower your blood pressure and improve your kidney health
  • Good source of folate, which helps your heart, brain and nervous system. Additionally, folate is especially important for women who are pregnant.
  • Good source of vitamin K, which helps bone health and regulates blood clotting.

How to Store Eggplant:

  • Store eggplant in refrigerator for up to a week.
  • If cooked, store eggplant in a closed container in the fridge for up to a week.

Eggplant Tips:

  • Eggplant can be cut in a variety of shapes such as circles, sticks or cubes depending the recipe.
  • Try to cut all pieces the same size so that they cook evenly.
  • Eggplant can be quite bitter, even after cooking. There is a simple way to fix this problem. The first step is to toss a cut eggplant with about 1/2 tsp of salt. 

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  • After 20 minutes, rinse the salted eggplant and use it in your recipe.

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This eggplant dip is inspired by a Middle Eastern dish called “Baba ghanoush.” It is traditionally baked or boiled over a fire, giving the eggplant a smoky taste. In our recipe, you will roast the eggplant in the oven to mimic this technique.

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Eggplant Dip

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This dip is great with pita chips, tortillas, green peppers, carrots or any of your favorite veggies. 

  • 1 large eggplant, cubed
  • 2 Tbl oil
  • 2-3 Tbl lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (or 1/4 tsp garlic powder)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1 Tbl fresh parsley (or 1 tsp dried)
  • Chips to dip
  1. Preheat oven to 400°.
  2. Salt cubed eggplant and rinse.
  3. Toss rinsed eggplant in oil and place on baking sheet.
  4. Roast eggplant for 45 minutes or until eggplant cubes are soft.
  5. Add eggplant and the remaining ingredients except chips to a bowl.
  6. Mash the mixture with a fork or puree in a blender until smooth.
  7. Serve with chips or veggies.

Makes 6 servings


Ratatouille is a traditional French vegetable dish that includes eggplant, tomatoes, onion, garlic, sweet bell peppers and herbs.

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Ratatouille

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This recipe is delicious over pasta or rice. You can also add chicken or your favorite protein. 

  • 2 Tbl oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 4-6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 medium eggplants, chopped in cubes
  • 2 bell peppers, chopped
  • 1 pound tomatoes (2 large or 3 medium sized tomatoes) , cubed or 1 (28 oz) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Pepper to taste
  • 2 Tbl Parmesan cheese
  1. Heat large pot over medium heat. Add oil, black pepper, and onion. Cook onion 3-5 minutes, stirring frequently.
  2. Add garlic, cook another minute.
  3. Add eggplant, bell pepper and salt. Cook 5-10 minutes or until eggplant starts to soften.
  4. Add tomatoes and dried basil. Simmer 15 minutes more.
  5. Top each serving with 1 tsp Parmesan cheese, if desired.

Makes 6 servings