Eggplant

Eggplant (Solanum melongena) , also known as Solanum ovigerum Dunal Solanum trongum Poir., is scientifically classified as Kingdom: Plantae (unranked): Angiosperms (unranked): Eudicots (unranked): Asterids Order: Solanales Family: Solanaceae Genus: Solanum Species: S. melongena.

Long prized for its deeply purple, glossy beauty as well as its unique taste and texture, eggplants are now available in markets throughout the year. Eggplants belong to the nightshade family of vegetables, which also includes tomatoes, bell peppers and potatoes. They grow in a manner much like tomatoes, hanging from the vines of a plant that grows several feet in height. While the different varieties do range slightly in taste and texture, one can generally describe the eggplant as having a pleasantly bitter taste and spongy texture.

Health Benefits

In addition to featuring a host of vitamins and minerals, eggplant also contains important phytonutrients, many which have antioxidant activity. Phytonutrients contained in eggplant include phenolic compounds, such caffeic and chlorogenic acid, and flavonoids, such as nasunin.


Nutrient Facts

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy   104kj
Dietary fiber   3g
Carbohydrates   5.88g
Sugars   3.53g
Fat   0.18g
Protein   0.98g
Minerals    
Calcium 1% 9mg
Copper 0%  0mg
Iron 2% 0.23mg
Magnesium 4% 14mg
Manganese 11% 0.232mg
Phosphorus 3% 24mg
Potassium 5% 229mg
Sodium 0%  0mg
Zinc 2%  0.16mg
Vitamins    
Vitamin A IU % 0mg
Vitamin A equivalent 0% 0mg
Beta-Carotene 0% 0mg
B1 - Thiamine 3% 0.039mg
B2 - Riboflavin 3% 0.037mg
B3 - Niacin 4% 0.649mg
B5 - Pantothenic acid 6% 0.281mg
B6 - Vitamin 6% 0.084mg
B9 - Folate 6% 22mg
Vitamin C 3% 2.2mg
Vitamin E 2% 0.3mg
Vitamin K 3% 3.5mg
Choline 0% 0mg
Betaine   0mg
Other constituents    
Water   92
Fluoride   0

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