One of the most commonly used vegetables in the United States, eggplants are well known for their elongated shape and purple color. Usually 4 to 9 inches long and 2 to 4 inches wide with a dark purple skin, they should have a green calyx or stem, and the skin should feel firm to the touch and be smooth and free of wrinkles. Eggplants are a great source of dietary fiber, potassium and manganese.

Eggplants are used in a variety of dishes, including salads and sides, and often as the main course in entrées such as Eggplant Parmesan.

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