Best Aubergine Recipes and Meal Ideas

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The Benefits and Versatility of Aubergines

Aubergines (also known as eggplants) are famous all over the world for their health benefits, flavour and most of all, their versatility. Not only can they be roasted, baked, boiled, fried and more, they're also full of antioxidants and high in vitamins A and C which help protect your cells from damage. This is probably why they are used in a wealth of delicious dishes and cuisines all over the world, including Middle Eastern Baba Ganoush, Greek Moussaka and Italian Aubergine Parmigiana.

From the nightshade family (that also include tomatoes and courgette), aubergine is actually a berry that thrives in hot climates and seasons and can grow in a variety of shapes, sizes and colours. However, they're most commonly known for their deep purple-black skin that you often find in supermarkets.

Aubergines are especially good when used as a meat alternative in vegetarian dishes, whether that’s in pastas, curries or even tacos, all which are available in our delicious aubergine recipe repertoire at HelloFresh.

How to: Aubergines - FAQs

Can you eat aubergine raw?

Aubergine is fine to eat raw in small quantities as long as you steer clear of the leaves and flowers. Despite this, the taste of raw aubergine can be quite bitter so it is recommended you cook it up your desired way with delicious seasonings.

How to cook aubergine in a pan?

Cooking aubergine in a pan is easy. All you need to do is slice your aubergine up, season it your desired way and place it in the pan with a little bit of oil over a medium-high heat. Cook for 2-3 minutes on each side and serve up with your dish.

Is aubergine a fruit?

Yes. Despite being used more typically in recipes and dishes as vegetables, aubergines are actually part of the fruit family as they grow from a flowering plant.

How to roast aubergine?

The best way to roast an aubergine is by cutting it in half or into large chunks, seasoning it generously with oil and the herbs and spices you like, then bake at a high temperature of around 240℃ for 30 minutes, making sure to flip halfway through to achieve that soft, caramelised texture.

Can you freeze aubergine?

Yes, you can freeze aubergine. All you have to do is cook the aubergine your preferred way and allow it to cool completely, then place it into a freezer safe bag and pop it into the freezer. This should allow your aubergine to last up to a year.

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