A great variety of eggplants can be found at the farmers markets. These glossy, often purple vegetables are found in the nightshade family, which makes them cousins to both potatoes and tomatoes. Like these other vegetables, the entire fruit of the eggplant can be eaten and is stocked full of healthy benefits for your family. They are very high in fiber and antioxidants, including one that has given it a nickname of “brain food”. If the health benefits of eggplant aren’t drawing you in, let the flavor do its job! Eggplant is pleasantly bitter with a porous texture that makes it ideal for soaking up delicious sauces and toppings.