• Eggplant

Eggplant

Choose Eggplant that is firm, not soft, is free from brown-sunken areas, and has some green color still in calyx around the stem.

Eggplant Tips

  • Selecting: Choose Eggplant that is firm, not soft, is free from brown-sunken areas, and has some green color still in calyx around the stem.
  • Storage: Store whole Eggplant at room temperature though in a cooler spot away from direct sunlight. Do not store Eggplant in plastic bags or sealed containers since the lack of respiration will make the fruit decay quicker. You can refrigerate it, but over time cold temperatures make the Eggplant lose flavor and become flabby.
  • Stop S.E.G. To avoid “Soggy Eggplant Syndrome” in your dishes, sprinkle coarse or sea salt on sliced Eggplant and let it set for 10 to 20 minutes. Rinse the slices and pat them dry with a paper towel. This process will draw out some of the moisture to the Eggplant texture and shape holds up better during cooking.
  • Cooking how-to? Click here to learn how to cook Eggplant perfectly using multiple methods.
  • Eggplant Recipes: Check out these 15 Easy Eggplant recipes from Real Simple.

Eggplant Variety Guide for Summer

Regular Variety

Regular Eggplant, sometimes called Black Beauty or Black Bell Eggplant, are large in size and dark purple in skin color. They are the all-purpose Eggplant found in most produce departments.

Italian Variety

Italian Eggplant, also called Baby Eggplant, looks like Regular Eggplant only smaller and more slender. This variety is ideal for roasting and can be used in ways similar to regular eggplant.

Graffiti Variety

Graffiti Eggplant is beautiful! If features a lavender skin streaked with white stripes. Use Graffiti Eggplant the same as regular eggplant.

Sicilian Variety

Sicilian Eggplant is a round Eggplant with lavender skin color that varies dark to light. Careful, there can be some gnarly spikes on the calyx. This variety is the very best type for making classic Eggplant Parmesan thanks to its firm texture and round shape for cutting.

White Variety

Asian Variety

I am not an expert on the myriad of Asian types of Eggplant other than Japanese Eggplant that is long, slender and lavender, and Indian Eggplant that is purple and has twisted ribbing and inconsistent shape. Most Asian Eggplant varieties are slightly less bitter than Mediterranean Eggplants.

Our Own Eggplant Recipes


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