Nightshades are a group of vegetables that include:
They are available in Ontario during:
Eggplants -August to October
Tomatoes - July to October however you can get greenhouse grown all year
Bell peppers - June to September
White potatoes - all year!
and others such as goji berries, cayenne pepper, okra and paprika.
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Why they are good for you:
I spoke to bell peppers in one of my previous posts which contain high levels of vitamin C and other great antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrients.
Eggplants contain antioxidants which may support heart, digestive and immune health
Tomatoes contain high levels of vitamin C and vitamin A and also contains lycopene. This vegetable may support eye, immune, heart and bone health.
White potatoes contain high levels of potassium and manganese. They may support heart and bone health.
Why they might not be good for you:
If you are someone who suffers from digestive issues, autoimmune conditions or allergies, these might not be for you. They contain alkaloids which can cause reactions in some individuals. Most people are fine eating nightshades while others need to be cautious.
How should you prepare them?
-Bell peppers: add them to salads, stir frys, do stuffed peppers, omelettes, add to pasta
-Eggplant: grill on the BBQ, pan fry, add to pasta, bake
-Tomatoes: in the form of pasta sauce, salad and burger toppings
-Potatoes: roasted, baked, and even BBQ'd
Need some inspiration? Check out my Roasted Eggplant and Tomato Pasta with Spinach Pesto recipe!
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