Discover the Amazing Health Benefits of Eating Aubergine (Eggplant) and Tasty Recipes to Try!

Aubergine / Eggplant

Discover the Amazing Health Benefits of Eating Aubergine (Eggplant) and Tasty Recipes to Try!

Eggplant is a member of the nightshade family, which also includes peppers and tomatoes. It’s technically considered a fruit because it contains seeds, but it’s generally referred to as a vegetable.

Eggplant is very good for you and can help you stay healthy in many ways. It’s high in vitamins and minerals, making it an excellent source of antioxidants that will help keep your body running smoothly. Eggplant also provides fiber, another important nutrient for overall health.

Aubergine (eggplant) Health Benefits

  • Aubergine contains an abundance of vitamins, minerals, phenolics and antioxidants. 

  • Some of its medicinal properties include balancing blood sugar levels and boosting gut health.

  • The high fibre content in eggplants, which is a crucial element to maintaining a balanced diet, is a great way to improve your gastrointestinal health.

  • The antioxidant chlorogenic acid may also help slow the release of glucose into the bloodstream after a meal. Chlorogenic acid is a phenolic compound in aubergine and is widely found in fruits and vegetables like apples, pears, carrots, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, coffee, and tea.

When is the aubergine in season?

In the UK, aubergines are available all year round, but they’re at their best in season from July to September.

When not to eat aubergine? 

Eggplants are members of the nightshade family. Some vegetables such as tomatoes, eggplants, and potatoes contain solanine which some people to increase intestinal permeability and may be harmful to those with arthritis. However, most reports are anecdotal, and while it might be true for some people, it is not proven. Since it is rich in nutrients, I recommend simply testing it. If you find that adding nightshades triggers pain, avoid them. If not—slowly reintroduce into your diet.


Baba Ganoush Recipe

Baba GANOUSH Recipe

Baba ganoush is a delicious and healthy dip that can be enjoyed as an appetizer or a light meal. It’s made from eggplants, tahini, garlic, lemon juice and olive oil.


  • 2 large eggplants

  • 2 cloves of peeled garlic, chopped

  • 1/2 medium lemon, freshly squeezed

  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt

  • 1/2 cup raw tahini

  • Extra virgin olive oil (optional)

  • Chopped parsley (optional)

  • Paprika (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 180C (fan).

  2. Use a fork to poke holes in the skin of the eggplants.

  3. Place the eggplants on a baking pan and bake in the oven until soft (25-30 minutes).

  4. Remove the eggplants from the oven and allow to cool.

  5. Once cooled, scoop out the flesh with a large spoon.

  6. Place the eggplant flesh in a blender or food processor and puree with fresh lemon juice, chopped garlic, tahini and extra virgin olive oil (optional).

  7. For an optional topping, sprinkle chopped parsley and paprika.

  8. Enjoy on bread or with some veggies.

Italian Roasted Aubergine with Balsamic Vinegar

Aubergine / Eggplant

Roasted eggplant, garnished with vinegar and garlic, is a simple dish that can be made in advance—making it perfect for entertaining. It’s high in fiber and potassium!


  • Thin slices of aubergine

  • Olive oil

  • Balsamic vinegar

  • Water

  • Extra-virgin olive oil

  • Garlic slices

  • Chilli pepper

  • Sea salt

  • Parsley


  1. Preheat oven to 180°C.

  2. Place aubergine slices on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

  3. Drizzle olive oil over the slices and bake for about ten minutes.

  4. Meanwhile, mix together balsamic vinegar and water in a 1:1 ratio.

  5. Dip the aubergine slices in the mixture and arrange them nicely in layers.

  6. Cover each layer with extra-virgin olive oil, garlic slices, chilli pepper, sea salt and parsley.

  7. Place in the fridge overnight, and it’s ready to eat.


Eggplant, or aubergine as it’s called in British and many other Commonwealth countries, is one special fruit. Not only does it taste great, but it embodies healthfulness in practically every way! It contains antioxidants for keeping your body looking smooth and healthy. It’s also got fibre for helping you feel fuller…which in turn helps with weight loss since you won’t be tempted to eat more than you should. There’s really no downside to eating more eggplant products—it’s one food that’s totally worth adding to your diet!

If you try these recipes out, let me know what you think by tagging your photo with @pazbynature and using the hashtag #pazbynature

I love seeing what you all make and I hope that my recipes can help inspire more people to cook healthy meals.




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