Alice Henneman

eggplant

Eggplants can be purple, green, white or striped, pear-shaped or cylindrical and the size of a golf ball to a football. Stew with zucchini, onion, garlic, and tomato to make Ratatouille.

How to Select

Choose eggplants that are heavy for their size and without cracks or discolorations.

How to Store

Store eggplants in the refrigerator crisper drawer or in a plastic bag with some air holes. Use within 5-7 days. To freeze: Cook sliced eggplant, cool, and freeze in plastic bags. Prepare cooked eggplant dishes and freeze in containers.

How to Prepare

Rinse in cold water. Trim off any bruised spots. Cut off top stem and leaves. Peel if desired. Slice or dice. Microwave cubes in water, stab holes with fork and bake whole. Stuff and bake, roast, fry coated in breadcrumbs, grill brushed with olive oil. Add to sauces and soups, stir-fry or roast with other vegetables, or add to pasta and rice dishes and casseroles.

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