This beautiful fruit is a member of the nightshade family Solanaceae. For centuries, it was appreciated as a decorative plant because the fruit was thought to be too bitter, but we now know it’s a great source of dietary goodness including vitamins B1 and B6 as well as potassium and magnesium.
Rich in antioxidants (specifically nasunin which is found in the skin and imparts its gorgeous colour) it is in season and super good for you.
Its spongy, absorbent nature allows itself to take on a variety of flavours during cooking making it hugely versatile.
Cook it with Extra Virgin Olive Oil and it supercharges the goodness, which is just what we need as we head in to autumn.