The eggplant is from the Solanceae family of plants, meaning it is related to Tomatoes and Potatoes as well as Tobacco and the group of flowering plants known as the Nightshades. Fun fact: Technically it is a berry, because the fruit contains so many small, soft seeds. Those seeds tend to have a very bitter taste which is because, as a relative of tobacco, they contain small amounts of nicotine. But don't worry, the nicotine content of 20 lbs of eggplants is about the same as that of one cigarette.
|Eggplants in our Garden|
We've grown 3 types of eggplants this year, Italian Black Beauty, Patio Baby, and Japanese Ichiban Eggplants. And lucky for us we've had a bumper crop. They are a family favorite veggie and so very versatile. My introduction to eggplant was my Mom's Eggplant Parmesan. She makes a great tasty, hearty, never bitter, Eggplant Parmesan...Kishore loved it the minute he tried it. He was surprised it was eggplant because he was use to the smaller egg shaped Indian eggplants.
I like to try to use as much of our garden produce in a single meal as possible, and Eggplant Rollatini seemed the way to go. It used Eggplant, Garlic, Swiss Chard, Basil, Tomatoes, Marjoram, and Oregano. The herby cheese and chard mix is stuffed in grilled eggplant, then baked in a tasty marinara sauce and topped with some toasted mozzarella. This tasty Eggplant Rollatini is a great hearty meal as we transition from Summer to Autumn.
Here is my recipe for Eggplant Rollatini with Swiss Chard stuffing: