A person who cooks the food knows better about the best vegetables. Many people love to cook and eat eggplants, but the real problem comes when they don’t know how to pick the best eggplant for their kitchen. Eggplants get bitter and over seedily when they become old or picked too late. Eggplants are also known as Brinjal and it is available in almost every part of the world. Although they are available throughout the year, the peak season is August and September. The purple variety of eggplant is the most common, but you will see white eggplants as well. In this article, I will share with you tips on selecting the fresh eggplants for your kitchen.
Do you know how the eggplant got its name?
Eggplants got this name because there were only white color plants a few years ago and white color hanging from the leaves looked like eggs so they were given the name of eggplants. The original variety of eggplants was of white color and it is still the trendy variety of eggplants. White eggplants are usually smaller in size as compared to the purple variety. White eggplants have more seeds and they are less bitter as well. Eggplants belong to the family of potato. Although varieties of eggplants range from purple to yellow to white, long purple brinjal is the most eaten variety.
How to pick a fresh eggplant for your kitchen:
• First of all, don’t go for larger eggplants because they will turn bitter as the fruit matures. Select the fruit that has more weight as compared to same size fruits. In this way, you can have a better idea of the fruits.
• Select the one that has smooth and shiny skin because dull skin indicates that it is turning bitter. Avoid those with brown spots. Always make sure that eggplant is not dry from inside. If you hear a hollow sound from inside then don’t buy it.
• Turn the eggplants and look for any cuts or wrinkles or uneven skin. If the eggplant exhibits such characteristics then it means that fruits are decaying. Wrinkles on the skin clearly indicate that it was harvest long time ago.
• Always press your fingers into the skin of eggplant, if the flesh spring back instantly when the pressure is released it means that fruit is fresh. When the depression remains then it means eggplant is old.
• Check for the stem or cap. Stem and cap should be bright green as it indicates that fruit is fresh. Brown stem indicates that fruit is not fresh.
• Very large eggplants can be bitter as compared to the smaller ones because they have more seeds as it becomes mature.
• Eggplants get bitter with age so they should be consumed within two days after purchasing. If you want to preserve it then freezing is the best method. Don’t store eggplants in your fridge for more than one week. Eat fresh as soon as possible.
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