Ten fun facts about Aubergines
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The eggplant contains seeds that are small, soft and edible, but they taste bitter because they contain nicotinoid alkaloids, which are relatives of tobacco.
The eggplant used to have a bad reputation because of its bitter taste, causing people to believe its consumption would lead to cancer, insanity and even leprosy.
The name eggplant came from 18th century Europeans because their variety of aubergines was yellow or white and resembled a hens egg.
During the 5th century in China, women used eggplant juice to dye their teeth a light gray color.Fact 5
If you wanted to get the same amount of nicotine from an consuming eggplant, you would have to eat at least 30 pounds of it.Fact 6
To check if an aubergine is fresh and ready to eat, press your finger against it. If your fingerprint disappears, it is fresh.Fact 7
Baking eggplant has been proven in studies to help lower bad cholesterol. Regularly consuming aubergines can also help protect you from colon cancer.Fact 8
Because they have such a high water content at almost 95%, they can help keep your skin hydrated and your hair healthy.Fact 9
While many people think eggplant is a vegetable, it is in the same family as the tomato and it is actually a fruit. Botanically, the aubergine is considered a large berry.Fact 10
Use a stainless steel knife when cutting an eggplant! Using a carbon steel knife will cause the eggplant to turn the knife black from its negative reaction to the knife. Go to more food facts ❯
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