Aubergine or Brinjal. Better known as the humble Eggplant is a great source of Vitamin A and Folate. They also contain all-important fibre as well as vitamin K and calcium. But here’s the question: Is it okay to include eggplant in your baby’s diet. And if so, how do you prepare eggplant puree for baby?
The good news is that eggplant is an excellent addition to baby’s diet. And it’s super easy to whip up a quick and tantalising eggplant puree for your kiddo. In this post, we’ll be going into the details of when and how to introduce your baby to eggplant, and we’ll also share some great recipes with eggplant puree.
When can my baby start eating eggplant?
Pureed eggplant or steamed eggplant (in which case it should be served as finger food) can be introduced to your baby’s diet once he or she is between eight and ten months of age. Since eggplant is such a versatile ingredient, it can be mixed with a wide selection of other foods to create an interesting texture.
Which eggplants are best for baby
Eggplants, when purchased fresh, should be heavy and firm. They should have smooth, shiny skin with very vivid colour. Do not select eggplant that has scars or bruises on the skin or those that have started discolouring. When pushing against the skin, a ripe eggplant’s flesh will spring back. Keep in mind that an eggplant that doesn’t yield to any pressure at all was probably picked too early and will never ripen properly, avoid purchasing these for your baby.
What is the best way to prepare eggplant puree for baby?
When it comes to cooking eggplant, you have a variety of options. You can steam them, fry them, or bake them. For purees, the best route might be steaming since the eggplant gets very soft and tender once steamed.
What foods mix well with eggplant?
While the sky is the limit here, eggplants are very versatile ingredients and go well with foods such as green beans, summer squash, carrots, cheese, brown rice, lentils, and pasta.
How long can I store eggplant?
If you plan on keeping it in the fridge, and eggplant will probably stay good for a few days, given the fact that you store it in the vegetable crisper. Eggplants are vulnerable to damage and will go off and turn bitter within a few days in the fridge. You should never cut eggplants if you don’t plan on using them immediately since the flesh will turn brown as soon as it’s exposed to oxygen.
How can I prepare eggplant puree for baby?
Some of the smaller eggplants may have skins which are tender enough to leave on during the cooking process, but it’s almost always best to peel an eggplant before cooking it since the skins tend to be on the bitter side of things.
You might have heard about adults eating salted eggplant, but for baby food, it’s not advisable to add salt to eggplant puree.