Grilled or roasted eggplant dip is a delightful dish that pairs with many other recipes. It’s easy to make and a great way to use many of the herbs and spices you are growing in your garden. You not only enhance the flavors but you reap the medicinal benefits of home grown organic foods that you have grown.
Some people peel the eggplant, but that purple skin of eggplant is the most nutritional part of the vegetable. It contains a powerful antioxidant called nasunin, a type of flavonoid called anthocyanins which is present in red, blue and purple fruits and vegetables. The eggplant is not high in any one vitamin or mineral, but contains small amounts of many essential vitamins and minerals. The list of vitamins and minerals is quite extensive and includes vitamins C, K. B6, thiamine, niacin, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, copper, fiber, folic acid, iron, calcium, potassium and more.
The high fiber content helps with digestion and keeps everything moving along smoothly. The phytonutrients may also improve mental health by increasing blood flow throughout the body and brain.
Eggplant dip is extremely versatile and a wonderful accompaniment to many dishes. The herbs added to this recipe can easily be modified to use those herbs growing in your own garden. Use them generously. Not only will you enjoy the rich and robust flavors, but the health benefits from each herb is an added bonus.