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Wordless Wednesday | White Eggplant

I love growing eggplant. This year I planted two different varieties but my Japanese Eggplant died. All I have left is my White Eggplant. This is the first time I have grown the white variety.

This is what the plant looks like today. There is one lonely blossom on the plant. Here is a closer look at the blossom.

This is what the blossom will turn into when it is ripe.

White eggplants are smaller than their purple counterparts and more tender. They are terrific in salads. I found this delicious recipe for Eggplant Salad.

According to experts at Suppleplant in one Eggplant:

(Nutrients in one pound)

* Vitamin A: 100 I.U.
* Ascorbic acid: 19 mg
* Calcium: 59 mg
* Phosphorus:146 mg
* Iron: 1.6 mg
* Thiamine: 0.27 mg
* Riboflavin : 0.22 mg
* Niacin: 3.2 mg
* Protein: 4.3 g
* Fat: 0.8 g
* Carbohydrates: 21.7 g
* Calories:111

Benefits:

* It also has very few calories and virtually no fat (unless cooked in fat).
* Eggplant has a high fiber content that helps digestive function, and lowers risk of coronary heart disease.
* Eggplants may also help to lower cholesterol levels.
* Eggplant skins contain an anthocyanin flavonoid called nasunin which is a potent antioxidant and free-radical scavenger. Nasunin also helps to move excess iron out of the body.

Eggplant Salad

4 each eggplant cut lengthwise
2 ounces agar-agar strips
1 tablespoon sesame seeds toasted
Hunan vinagriette
1 teaspoon ginger grated
2 each garlic cloves minced
2 each scallions, spring or green onions minced
1 tablespoon cilantro leaves
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon white vinegar
1 teaspoon hot chili oil
1/4 tablespoon sesame oil
1/3 teaspoon salt
Directions

PLACE THE EGGPLANT in a shallow heat-proof dish and steam over high heat for about 20 minutes or until tender.

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Test with a fork. Remove.

When cooled, tear into thin strips or cut into a 1/2-inch cubes.

Refrigerate.

In a bowl, cover the optional agar-agar with cold water for 10 seconds or until pliable.

Drain, cut into 1-inch lengths and refrigerate. In a small bowl, thoroughly mix together the vinaigrette ingredients.

Taste for seasoning.

Arrange the agar-agar in a shallow platter. Toss the chilled eggplant with the vinaigrette and scatter over the agar-agar.

Garnish with a sprig of coriander and the toasted sesame seeds.

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Cascia Talbert is a devout Catholic, mother of five children, health and fitness enthusiast and positive parenting supporter. She is also the founder of the award winning online health, fitness, parenting and Christian faith magazine for moms, the Healthy Moms Magazine. She lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband, five children and one spoiled cat. Her hobbies include gardening, country music, running, and playing her flute. Check out her first book, "Taking Care of your Family's Health and Well-being, Saints to Turn to and the Catholic Faith," available anywhere books are sold.

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16 Comments

  1. Sue June 16, 2010

    I don't think I've heard of white eggplant before. Sounds like a great recipe.

    Thanks for sharing your pictures♥

  2. piece of me June 16, 2010

    I have never tried eggplant before! I might just have to after reading this recipe!

  3. Liza June 16, 2010

    Never seen a white eggplant before. I wonder if it tastes the same.

  4. Julie June 16, 2010

    Never tried egg plant before however I might give it a try!
    Julie @ Coupon Saving Family

  5. Maria @ LSS June 16, 2010

    That sounds delicious. Happy WW.

  6. Modern Mom June 16, 2010

    I love eggplant! Haven't tried the white variety though.

    Have a wonderful WW!

  7. Simply Delicious June 16, 2010

    Eggplant is yummy. We have the Japanese eggplant here and the small round ones.

  8. Cafe au lait June 16, 2010

    It sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing the recipe. I will give it a try. 🙂

    I played too. Mine are here and here.

  9. I've never had white eggplant. I'll have to look out for some at the local farmer's market. 🙂
    Thanks for stopping by and linking up Cascia. Happy Wordless Wednesday!

    Kristi, Live and Love…Out Loud
    @TweetingMama

  10. Amy June 16, 2010

    I have not heard of a white egg plant.. Does it taste the same as the purple one.. I will have to try one if I see it.

  11. sheila June 16, 2010

    Wow, I have to tell you that that is the COOLEST plants EVER! I've NEVER seen a white eggplant! Never knew they existed!

  12. LT June 16, 2010

    I have never tried White eggplant, but I love the purple ones! Thanks for the great recipe!

  13. The Jacobsen Family! June 16, 2010

    I've never even heard of white eggplant before!

  14. Muthering Heights June 17, 2010

    I've never heard of white eggplant, but it sounds tasty!

  15. Lisa June 17, 2010

    I don't remember ever having white eggplant before, though I love eggplant parmigiana!

  16. blueviolet June 17, 2010

    I have never seen one before. I've also never tried eggplant in any color!