Even today it remains a mystery what the true origin of the eggplant is; The closest researchers have come to point out is that it is located in South Asia.
However, it is known that this vegetable descends from wild forms very frequent today in countries like India and China and that had the shape and color of a chicken egg, as reflected in its English denomination (eggplant).
Carried to Europe in the thirteenth century by Arab merchants, at first, it was not very well received, and only towards the end of the fourteenth century, it began to be used as an ornamental plant and as a cooking ingredient.
The stem of the plant is rough and sometimes thorny. The leaves are large and covered, as are the stems, of grayish hair. The flowers are purple. It thrives in moist and rich soils, even in temperate climates, but in such conditions, the seeds must be planted in a greenhouse or in warm stands at the beginning of spring.
Young plants are transplanted when all danger of cold has passed. Cultivated plants can reach a height of 45 to 60 cm.
The plant, the fruit, may have a surface of bright purple color and, in some varieties, yellowish-white. Although in general, they are large, the aubergines range between 8 and 30 cm. long.
As for their shape, they can be elongated and thick as an airship or oval, almost round. Eggplants are eaten as a vegetable; they can be prepared fried, cooked or roasted.
Healing properties of eggplant
- It is ideal for weight reduction plans since it is 90% water-rich and low in calories.
- It’s considered a natural diuretic to eliminate excess fluid that accumulates in the body.
- It also has detoxifying properties and can lower bad cholesterol or LDL in combination with other foods such as lemon.
Popular remedies with eggplant
- Remedy with eggplant for liquid retention: Cut 4 oz. Of eggplant in small pieces and boil 1 liter of water for approximately 10 minutes. Then, strain and preserve to take throughout the day.
- Remedy with aubergine to lose weight: Prepare a juice that contains 1 eggplant, 3 radishes, and 1 slice of pineapple. Take everyday fasting. When the desired weight is reached, take this drink every third day.
- Remedy with eggplant for rheumatism: Apply the freshly crushed eggplant pulp over the painful areas of the body.
- Remedy with aubergine for triglycerides: Place in a blender 1 eggplant and 1 cucumber washed and chopped together with a glass of water. Liquate for some seconds and filter it. Ingest this juice one hour before breakfast for 15 days.
- Remedy with eggplant for hypertension: Wash and cut an eggplant. Put in a blender (include the peel) along with a glass of water. Blend for a moment. Strain and drink for 10 days on an empty stomach.
- Remedy with aubergine for a hangover or raw: Wash and cut a small aubergine. Put, together with a glass of water, in a blender. Blend for a moment. Strain and drink as soon as you return from the party.
- Remedy with aubergine for melasma or cloth: Cut into slices and eggplant and extract the pulp. Put on the affected area, as a plaster, and leave for 15 minutes and remove with water. Make this remedy 3 to 4 times a week.
- Remedy with eggplant for alcoholism (leave alcohol): Boil in half a liter of water2 ½ tablespoons of the calyx (the part attached to the stem) of a minced eggplant for 20 minutes. Drink it warm throughout the day.
- Remedy with eggplant for ulcers: Mix a pinch of salt, 1 tablespoon of seaweed and eggplant powder. Take diluted in 1/2 glass of water
Observe, when buying, the appearance of the plant and the quality of the skin. This should be soft smooth and healthy, with no rough or spongy areas and free of brown spots. Take home the heaviest in relation to their size that usually has, also, the smaller seed channels. Also discard those that are too ripe, because their flavor becomes spicy, and those of excessive size because they are drier.