Zoology & Botany

eggplant

Prepare a picture of/book about/ or a real eggplant plant.

Say: Look at this picture. (Show the picture of or a real eggplant) This is a plant. Remember, to be classified as a plant, a living  thing should have multiple cells, grow in soil, have  leaves and roots, produce seeds, and produce its own food through photosynthesis.

( Approach the plant to the baby) Say: Eggplant is a member of the Solanaceae or nightshade family, which includes tomatoes, potatoes, and peppers. Its origin is considered to be India where it continues to grow wild. They grow in a manner much like tomatoes, hanging from the vines of a plant that grows several feet in height. (point to the eggplant) SY: It is a vegetable long prized for its beauty as well as its unique taste and texture. This vegetable is of the most popular varieties of eggplant looks like a pear-shaped egg, a characteristic from which its name is derived. ( Take the baby´s hand and pass it on the eggplant) Say: The skin is glossy and deep purple in color, while the flesh is cream colored and spongy in consistency. Contained within the flesh are seeds arranged in a conical patterns. In many recipes, eggplant fulfills the role of being a complementary ingredient that balances the surrounding flavors of the other more pronounced ingredients. Eggplant can be baked, roasted in the oven, or steamed. Eggplant is used in the cuisine of many countries. It is widely used in its native Indian cuisine. Eggplant may also be roasted in its skin until charred, so the pulp can be removed and blended with other ingredients, such as lemon, tahini, and garlic, as in the Arab baba ghanouj. Eggplant can be hollowed out and stuffed with meat, rice, or other fillings, and then cooked.

Yes, because it is a good source of dietary fiber. It is also a top source of vitamin B6 and just 75g provides a whole day’s supply. In addition, Vitamin B6 is important for your blood, brain and lots of tissues throughout the body. Finally, its purple skin contains some antioxidants that provide some health benefits. We need to take care of Eggplants and treat them with respect because they are living things just like us, people.

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