January 10, 2012
31 Reasons To Love January – #10
10. AUBERGINE – THE UNSUNG SUPERFOOD
Nicotine, poison and insanity are not the best things to be known for, but the delightful aubergine (or eggplant as its known to some) has triumphed over its olden-day haters to become a fantastic superfood and a popular ingredient in many dishes around the world.
The Italians love aubergine so much they affectionately named it melanzane aka ‘crazy apple’ – a nod to the times when the superstitious believed it induced insanity. Aubergine had a bit of a bad rap due to some dodgy relatives such as the nightshade family so at one time it was believed to be extremely poisonous.
Aubergine is also related to tobacco so it also contains nicotine, but don’t panic; you would have to eat over 20 pounds to consume the amount of nicotine you’d get from smoking one cigarette. Nowadays this delicious purple berry (yes it’s a berry not a veggie!) has a much better rep due to research. Aubergines are low in fat and a great source of folic acid and potassium, and studies show they help lower blood pressure and cholesterol.
If you have never tried Aubergine we dare you to give it a go in January. It’s available from supermarkets all year round or if you don’t feel like cooking we have lots of dishes on the menu with aubergine, we love the stuff! Book a table today to try our personal favourites like Primavera pizza and Aubergine Parmigiana.