How to shop for eggplant

  • juels 12 years ago
    Choose an eggplant that feels PLUMP, FIRM and HEAVY in size. Men should get a kick out of checking for that while shopping! To test ripeness, just press in a bit with a finger - if you can't press it at all, it's not ripe. If it doesn't bounce back, it's overripe. If you can make a little indent that lasts for a second, then fills back out, then it's fine.
    Most of the bitterness in eggplant is from the seeds. Remember, male ones have more seeds, so try to get a girl in your basket. If you got confused, refer to the "fun eggplant facts".
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  • jimrug1 12 years ago said:
    Julia,

    I took your advice the other day at the market. There I was I was standing there rubbing my finger accross the bottom of an eggplant while checking for "Firmness and Plumpness" with my other hand. I woman came up and asked me what I was doing? I told her I was checking to see if the eggplant was male or female. She gave me a dirty look, stompped off and told security that there was a pervert in the veggie dept.... ;-)~~~ JJ
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  • juels 12 years ago said:
    Are you serious? You are joking, right.
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  • trigger 12 years ago said:
    I get questions when I shop for eggplants too.
    Always by a woman...why is that
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  • ronnymarcus 12 years ago said:
    You can also tap the eggplant lightly with your fingers. If it sounds hollow, Take it!
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  • trigger 12 years ago said:
    All of my eggplants are fresh off the bush and much firmer to store bought eggplants.
    try to pick mature fruit and not overly large eggplants along with the suggestions listed above.
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  • juels 12 years ago said:
    Our garden eggplants are firmer too. Great suggestions, guys!
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