‘Thanks for the wonderful stories potato, but it's got cold and my tooth has started to hurt. It always aches when it's cold,' Toby complained.
‘You need to go to a dentist right away!' the potato cried. ‘We have a unique dentist in our Vegetable Kingdom – Purple Aubergine. He will make your teeth better. Carry on down this path until you get to a little violet house.'
Toby did what he was told, and five minutes later he arrived at a violet cottage with a green roof. He knocked on the door. An important-looking gentleman appeared on the doorstep wearing a dark purple suit and a tiny green hat.
‘I've got a sore tooth,' the terrified boy said, trembling.
‘Don't be afraid, son, come on in. We don't have any frightening implements or injections here,' Doctor Aubergine said, sitting the boy down on a soft purple armchair.
‘I have my own methods of making people better. I'm now going to roast an aubergine for you. Hold it against your sore tooth and the pain will go down. There's nothing better for a sore tooth than roasted aubergine (roasted eggplant).'
‘I've never seen a dentist with aubergines before,' Toby pointed out.
‘In ancient times, they used my distant relatives to cure toothache, but people have forgotten about that now,' Senor Aubergine replied. ‘Although we actually first ended up in Europe as a cure for toothache. At that time, they called me Indian Bitter Berry because of my bitter taste. A curious doctor investigated and discovered I was rich in calcium, manganese and chloride. These extremely useful substances strengthen the teeth and help the whole body to function. Chloride, for example, is like a street-sweeper; it gets rid of all the unwanted materials from the joints, making bending and flexing easier.
“This vegetable has amazing properties!” the doctor exclaimed, and started to prescribe me as medicine for his patients. But people refused to eat the bitter aubergines.
“Earth Fairy, please remove the bitterness from these vegetables. Why did you give them so many beneficial properties if people can't use them?” the doctor said, upset.
The good fairy did her best to fulfil the doctor's request. From then on only raw aubergines were bitter; the bitterness in boiled and baked aubergine has disappeared without a trace.
Right, it's time to make your tooth better,' Dr. Aubergine said, interrupting his own story.
He took the boy over to a plate of steaming vegetables. ‘Take a piece of baked aubergine and hold its skin against your tooth. Sit calmly and try and solve my riddle: “What kind of berry is this? It's bitter, but it's not a rowan berry. It's purple, but it's not a blueberry. It doesn't grow in an ordinary garden; it grows in a vegetable garden. And it's so huge, it doesn't fit in your mouth.'
Toby thought for a long time about all the berries that he'd seen, but finally he admitted:
‘I've never tried berries like that.'
‘Of course you've tried them,' Aubergine laughed. ‘The berry I'm describing is the purple aubergine from the nightshade family. You should eat me often, but without oil. Aubergines fried in oil are bad for the stomach.'
‘ Thanks Dr. Aubergine,' the boy said gratefully. ‘My toothache has disappeared.'
‘Well that's just wonderful. Always clean your teeth with my tooth powder and you won't ...
... This was the fragment from children's story on aubergine. The complete story 'How Senior Aubergine made teeth better' with creative tasks and healthy recipes you will find in the book 'WORLD OF VEGETABLES'.
IN "THE WORLD OF VEGETABLES" each story for kids on healthy food is delivered in an entertaining fairytale representational form and narrates about a particular vegetable, its importance in daily diet, its values. Each story for kids about vegetables concludes with healthy recipies. More about this book for kids >>