The facts behind… the aubergine

The aubergine is in season right now so it should definitely feature on your shopping list!

Aubergines are great to add texture and flavour to dishes and they are also a good source of fibre, vitamins and minerals as well as being low in fat and calories.

The high fibre and low fat content of aubergines makes them an ideal choice for anyone trying to manage their weight. The fibre will support your digestive system and keep you fuller for longer.

Another benefit is that the aubergine is a good source of vitamins and minerals especially B1 and B6 which boost the immune system and protect our brain and nervous system as well as copper and magnesium supporting bones and tissues.

Here are two top recipes using Aubergines:

1. Aubergine puree

Slice 2 aubergines in half, drizzle with olive oil and place under a grill for 25 minutes. Remove and leave to cool. Scoop out into a bowl and mash. Then add juice of 1 lemon and 2–3 cloves of crushed garlic. Stir in 150ml of natural yoghurt and serve.

2. Aubergine and Goat’s cheese rolls

Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas Mark 6. Thinly slice 1 medium aubergine and place on a lined baking tray. Brush with olive oil, then bake for about 15 minutes. Mash 3 pitted soft dates that have been chopped with 100g of goats cheese. Place a tablespoon of the filling on the end of each aubergine slice and roll tightly and secure with a cocktail stick.