Aubergine’s characteristics from Huerta de Pancha
The common aubergine of Huerta de Pancha is characterised by the purple or black colour colour of its skin, which is firm; they are very easy to peel with a peeler or knife. The colour of the flesh is white or cream and its texture is silky.. The taste of common aubergines is bitter, and this bitterness increases with the ripening of the vegetable.
What types of aubergine exist?
Depending on the time of the year and the flavours you are looking for for your dishes, you can choose between the two main types of aubergines.
In addition to the purple aubergine, white aubergines are also commonly consumed. Although the purple aubergine and the white aubergine are the two main varieties of this vegetable, there is also the striped aubergine,which is characterised by its striped skin between the colours of the other two varieties;in terms of taste, texture and shelf life, it is is halfway between the purple aubergine and the white aubergine..
Aubergine crops from La Huerta
At Huerta de Pancha, we grow aubergines organically. In this way, we manage to enhance the flavours thanks to the natural growth of the plantations.
Once all the aubergines have been harvested from our garden, we select the best ones so that they reach the consumer.
We always send the products at their optimum point of consumption, so you can keep the aubergines from our garden for up to 10 days after receiving them.
How you will receive the Huerta de Pancha’s aubergines
Our natural aubergines are harvested at their optimum point. This point, in the case of aubergines, coincides with the point of ripeness. In other words, they are ready to eat once the order arrives at your home (ready to eat). These aubergines keep all their natural flavour as they do not go through cold storage. For packaging, we use 100% recyclable cardboard boxes and we always try to ensure that they are as well protected as possible to prevent them from being damaged during transport. We seek quality for the consumer.
How to preserves aubergines
Aubergines must be kept in a cool place without direct sunlight. The best place to keep them is the fridge.
Another way of storing them is to avoid putting them together with other vegetables. Many vegetables give off ethylene gas when they ripen and this causes the other vegetables around them to spoil earlier.
To increase the days of conservation, we can also wrap them in a paper bag so that they are well covered. The bag will absorb the humidity and this delays the decomposition of the fruit.
Instead of the paper bag, we can use cling film. With this we can extend the shelf life by up to 15 days.
Freezing is another great trick, easy, simple and very convenient. You can freeze them cut and cooked. This is a way of ensuring that they do not spoil and that you can use them at any time. The properties of frozen aubergines will remain intact for a long time, as well as their texture, flavour and natural colour.
Can the skin of the aubergine be eaten?
The skin can be consumed, but it is advisable to eat it when the aubergine is young. The skin of older aubergines is more bitter.
In the skin of the aubergine we find a great amount of fibre. More than in its interior. This fibre is also found in the inner seeds.
In addition, bioactive compounds called anthocyanins, from the flavonoid family, have been detected in the skin, which have a powerful antioxidant effect that helps, among other things, to strengthen our cardiovascular system.
The aubergine is a vegetable that stands out for being composed of 92% water; the second most important component in aubergines is fibre, which makes it a low-calorie food and helps to combat constipation.
Aubergines also contain potassium and folic acid, as well as some B vitamins.
All in all, we can say that aubergines are a digestive vegetable, which also helps to control cholesterol and sugar levels in the body, and has very positive effects on the nervous system, as well as improving mood.