An eggplant called Black Magic?
Northern Chinese Simple Steamed Eggplant with fresh Garlic and Soy Sauce
Black Magic Eggplant are known to be one of the most powerful free radical scavengers, which can prevent cancer and heart disease. Modern-day scientists found that the Black Magic variety of eggplant contains nearly three times the amount of antioxidant phenolics they found in other eggplant types. Phenols are known to be one of the most powerful free radical scavengers, which can prevent cancer development and heart disease, but it's these very attributes that give eggplants a slight bitter taste. One perfect dish, three AMAZING colors! Get ready for cooking with your favorite flavour, or indulge in all three!
When choosing an eggplant, it should be firm and not too large. And always choose organic and naturally grown! The length of a cucumber and the general circumference of a large pear should be about right. Smaller eggplants are less likely to be bitter (a bit of salt can help with this) and have fewer seeds, although these are edible.
It's usually served baked rather than raw or boiling, which some cultures do, although it makes the white flesh inside a little mushy. Grilled is a more healthful way to prepare this vegetable to retain the most natural goodness. Culinary creativity can bring out the best features of this veggie.
Try our super yummy Northern Chinese Steamed Eggplant stuffed with soy sauce and fresh garlic recipe:
HEALTHY RECIPE - NORTHERN CHINESE STEAMED EGGPLANT
4 cloves Fresh Organic Garlic
2 tablespoons Soy Sauce
1. Steam eggplants in steamer for 10mins
2. Mince or chop garlic cloves finely and then add soy sauce
3. slice open one side of the eggplant and stuff with the sauce to taste!
Health Benefits of Eggplant
Studies indicate that eggplant has a number of health benefits from all these ingredients, as well as traditional uses. Sometimes, the leaves and roots are juiced or boiled to make a tonic for throat and stomach troubles, asthma, skin diseases, rheumatism, inflammation, intestinal hemorrhages, foot pain, coughs, anorexia, toothache, or as a general stimulant.
Read more about eggplants here: foodfacts by Dr Mercola