Superfoods: Aubergine

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A little bit of History:

The aubergine was introduced to Europe from China and Africa; they were used as a decorative addition to gardens for centuries because of their beautiful, deep purple coloring. They have a mild flavor that complements stronger, more pungent vegetables.

Benefits:

Aubergine skin contains nasunin, which protects brain cells from free radicals and also helps to reduce cholesterol and improve blood flow. The aubergine plant also contains chlorogenic acid, which is powerful fighter of free radicals in the body.

Tips:

  • Avoid buying aubergines with waxed skin, as this part of the vegetable should be included in your dishes to gain the full benefits
  • Cut your aubergine into slices, brush lightly with olive oil, top with garlic, then place under a grill
  • Lightly brush your aubergines in olive oil and add to a lentil and garlic salad
  • Make a Tuscan sandwich by topping a chunk of ciabatta with peppers, aubergine and mozarella

 

Do you have any favourite aubergine recipes? or other cool tips on this superfood?

 

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