Have you tried eggplant? Or perhaps you know this member of the nightshade family (others members of this family include tomatoes, potatoes, and chili peppers) by the name of Aubergine. Eggplant is native to India and Sri Lanka and, if you can believe it, it is almost 95% water! The eggplant still packs some good stuff, though. It is high in B vitamins and fiber and also contains several phytonutrients with good antioxidant activity: caffeic, chlorogenic acid and the flavonoid, nasunin. Nasunin is a powerful antioxidant that has been proven to fight free radical activity in the body. Oh yeah, it's also not a veggie, it's a fruit...but I don't think we will be eating it like an apple. It is much better grilled or baked. Speaking of apples- Italians call it “melanzane,” which means “crazy apple.” But trust us, it tastes nothing like an apple. Instead we would have to compare it a squash or perhaps mushroom flavor, with a slightly spongy texture. The key though is that eggplant tends to absorb the flavor of whatever you cook with it. Salt, butter, bacon fat, tomato sauce and cheese...we love anything that ends up tasting like these things! Give it a try.