Aubergines also called eggplants are becoming popular vegetables to grow. Grown worldwide for its purple, delicious, tender fruits used in many cuisines. There are many varieties of Aubergines(eggplants), you will find yellow, green, black, white, and purple colored, aubergines, different sizes, shapes, etc. In this article, we will share how to grow Aubergines (eggplants), the nutrients and health benefits that this vegetable has to offer.
How To Grow Aubergines(eggplants)
Sow aubergines(eggplants) indoors or in a heated greenhouse with temperatures of at least 18-21°C (65-70°F) from early-late spring. Grow aubergines in container/pots in full sun. Sow aubergines seeds around 1cm deep in individual container/pot.
Aubergines prefer well-drained soil rich in organic matter such as compost or manure. Water regularly, especially in dry spells . Fertilisers are optional, but if you want the best results feed with a high potash fertiliser. When roots strat coming out of the drainage holes at the bottom of your container/pot, transplant into a bigger one. Alternativley transplant your aubergines in open soil if you live in warm regions.
If growing outdoors over winter, be sure to cover your plants with fleeces and cloches. Start to harvest aubergines from august onwards, or harvest when they grow to around 6 inches long and their skin is shinny.
Nutrients And Health Benefits
Aubergines(eggplants) contain a good amount of antioxidants, and beneficial nutrients including vitamins C, K, B-9 and B-3. Minerals such as manganese, potassium, magnesium, and copper. In addition, they offer mnay health benefits. For example, aubergines reduce the risk of heart disease, may promote vlood sugar control, aid in weightloss, and may have cancer fighting properties.
Aubergines(eggplants) are easy to add to your diet, as they are extremely versatile. They can be prepared and eaten baked, roasted, steamed, raw, braised, cooked, sautéed, and pureed into a dip.