How to Pick Eggplant
The dark-purple globe eggplant is the standard in most markets, but there’s a wide world of other varieties, including the miniature fairy-tale eggplant and white eggplant, which both tend to be sweeter and more tender than the globe. Keep an eye out for Italian eggplant: It looks quite similar to the globe, but its smaller size means it’s less likely to taste bitter.
Best the Bitterness
If a bitter-tasting eggplant experience has put you off, consider giving it another chance. The smaller varieties all tend to have thinner skins and fewer seeds, which often translates to sweeter flesh. Also know that bitterness comes with age, regardless of the variety, so try to buy fresh eggplant and use it as soon as possible.
Shop and Store
Look for eggplants with shiny skins, green stems, and no blemishes. They should feel firm to the touch; avoid those with soft spots. Store at room temperature, away from foods that produce ethylene (which can hasten spoilage), like bananas, apples, and tomatoes. If you must refrigerate an eggplant, use it within a few days, because it’s susceptible to chilling injuries.
This article originally appeared as “Eggplant” in the May 2022 issue of Experience Life.