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Eggplant Month


When is Eggplant Month?

Eggplant Month happens on Monday July 1, 2024.

Elevating Eggplant: Celebrating National Eggplant Month

Ah, July – the month when the sun is shining, the grills are sizzling, and the eggplants are in their prime. That’s right, folks, it’s National Eggplant Month, a time to shine a spotlight on this versatile and often underappreciated vegetable. Whether you’re an eggplant enthusiast or a curious culinary explorer, July is the perfect time to dive into the world of eggplants.

Why Celebrate Eggplant?

Aside from its distinctive purple hue and unique texture, eggplant is a culinary chameleon. It has the remarkable ability to absorb flavors, making it a star in dishes worldwide. From Italian eggplant parmigiana to Middle Eastern baba ganoush, eggplant knows no bounds. Plus, it’s packed with nutrients, including fiber, vitamins B1 and B6, and potassium.

Eggplant Extravaganza: How to Enjoy It

  1. Grilled to Perfection: Slice your eggplant, brush it with olive oil, and season it with your favorite spices. Grill each side until it’s perfectly charred. Grilled eggplant can be a great side dish, sandwich filler, or salad topping.
  2. Baked Delights: Eggplant makes a fantastic base for casseroles and bakes. Layer slices of eggplant with tomato sauce, cheese, and basil for a simple, yet delicious, eggplant parmigiana.
  3. Stuffed and Satisfied: Hollow out your eggplant and stuff it with a mixture of grains, veggies, and protein for a hearty and healthy meal. Bake until the eggplant is tender and the filling is cooked through.
  4. Dips and Spreads: Transform your eggplant into a creamy dip or spread. Roast or grill the eggplant, then blend it with tahini, garlic, lemon juice, and spices to make baba ganoush.
  5. Pickled or Fermented: For something a little different, try pickling or fermenting eggplant. It adds a tangy, savory element to salads, sandwiches, and more.

Fun Facts to Dish Out

  • A Fruit, Actually: Despite being treated as a vegetable in the culinary world, eggplant is technically a fruit, specifically a berry.
  • World Traveler: Eggplant is believed to have originated in India and has made its way into cuisines around the globe.
  • Colorful Varieties: While purple is the most common color, eggplants can also be white, green, and even orange.

Join the Eggplant Appreciation Club

This July, let’s not overlook the humble eggplant. Its versatility, nutritional value, and delicious taste make it worthy of a month-long celebration. So, whether you’re whipping up a quick grilled eggplant for a weeknight dinner or experimenting with pickling, there’s no better time than National Eggplant Month to expand your eggplant horizons.

Happy National Eggplant Month! Here’s to discovering the many layers of this wonderful ‘vegetable.’


When does Eggplant Month happen next year?

Eggplant Month will happen on the following upcoming dates:

  • Tuesday July 1, 2025
  • Wednesday July 1, 2026
  • Thursday July 1, 2027
  • Saturday July 1, 2028
  • Sunday July 1, 2029


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