Eggplant is a Fruit?!

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Yes, you heard it here first. Eggplant is a fruit! You can expect to receive this pretty, purple, berry in your Summer Essentials basket. Here are some preparation and cooking ideas for use with your purple people eater.

Eggplant is made up of mostly water and is best paired with rich flavored foods.

Cut the eggplant into decently thick rounds. Toss the rounds into 2 teaspoons of sea salt and place on a paper towel to absorb excess water. Meanwhile, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a pan. For optional extra flavor, sauté 4 cloves of garlic in the oil. Add the eggplant to pan and cook until barely tender. Transfer the sautéed eggplant to a baking pan.

Now here is the fun part…top the eggplant with anything your creativity will allow. Here are some suggestions for a deliciously good treat: Feta cheese, sun dried tomatoes, fresh basil, and Panko breadcrumbs. Bake at 350 degrees for 3-5 minutes.

P.S. If you really want to get adventurous you can use the Roma tomatoes from your delivery to make your own homemade sun dried tomatoes!

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