Eggplant -- What Do I Do With It?

Did you know that eggplant is related to potatoes, tomatoes, and peppers?  Most eggplant that we are used to getting are dark purple, but eggplant can come in many different varieties and sized.  Eggplant is available year around but grow mostly from July to October in the U.S.

Eggplant is a veggie that many people aren't sure how to fix, so they just don't buy it.   Don't let that stop you! Here are a few ways to fix eggplant that your family is sure to love!

  • "Sweat" the eggplant.  Eggplant can sometimes have a bitter aftertaste, so "sweating" the eggplant can help prevent that.  Place paper towels on a baking sheet and sprinkle the slices of eggplant with salt.  Let them sit for at least 20 minutes and then rinse the salt off.  
  • Use as a meat substitute.  Eggplant has a meaty texture.  It can be used in dishes such as lasagna or stuffed with rice and other veggies for a healthy meal.
  • Make a dip.  Eggplant is great to use as a dip, and your kids are getting veggies too!!  Try this recipe for Eggplant and Pepper Dip
  • Pair with other veggies.  Eggplant goes well with tomatoes, onions and herbs such as garlic, oregano, parsley, and basil.  Saute eggplant in with some of your favorite veggies.  
Eggplant should be stored in the refrigerator and should last 5-7 days after buying from the store. For more recipes, you can check out SNAP-Ed's Recipe Finder or try the Stuffed Eggplant and Eggplant Parmesan recipe on the Eat Smart website. 


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