Often called the "king of vegetables" for their versatility and crown of green stem, eggplants are members of the nightshade family. High in vitamins and minerals, these vegetables also contain a high amount of phytonutrients with high antioxidant activity. Eggplants have also been shown to be great for cardiovascular health, reducing cholesterol levels and improving blood flow.
Choose eggplants that are smooth, shiny and heavy for their size with a bright green stem. Eggplants are highly perishable and sensitive to both the heat and cold, so be sure to store at around 50 degrees Fahrenheit (your refrigerator's crisper should keep it fresh for a few days.) Do not cut until you're ready to use, as this will make it perish more quickly.
Calcium 4.9% Iron 7.0%
Vitamin D 0.0% Vitamin E 5.5%
Vitamin K 24.0% Thiamin 14.2%
Riboflavin 11.9% Niacin 17.8%
Vitamin B-6 23.0% Folate 30.1%
Vitamin B-12 0.0% Panto. acid 15.4%
Phosphorus 13.2% Magnesium 19.2%
Zinc 5.8% Selenium 2.3%
Copper 22.2% Manganese 63.6%