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Brinjal

The humble brinjal, also called eggplant or aubergine, is native to the Indian sub continent. The Sanskrit name for brinjal is ‘vatinganah’, which became Badinjana, when it travelled to Persia. The Arabs then took it to the west, where the French called it ‘Aubergine’ – a name that the English use as well. Back home, the original ‘vatinganah’ became Brinjal, and the name is used in South Africa and the West Indies, as well.
Used in various India cuisines, the brinjal is loaded with fiber and nutrients such as potassium, vitamin C, vitamin-B6 and phytonutrients which protect the brain cells from damage, and preserve the memory function. The vegetable also has a high water content and so is ideal for people looking to lose weight.

8 food items that are native to India

A new study conducted by the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture has found that most of the food that we eat on a regular basis has travelled a long way before reaching our homes, and that the origins of two-thirds of the fruits, vegetables, legumes and other agricultural produces can be traced to far away ancient civilisations. Hence, food items that are important elements of our diet, like potatoes, tomatoes, and many other vegetables, actually have foreign origins. However, there are a number of vegetables and fruits, which are loaded with health-boosting and disease-fighting nutrients, that are indigenous to the country. We take a look at eight such fruits and vegetables and their health benefits.

(Story – Daily Musings; Image credit – Getty)

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