Eggplant: Male or Female
Posted 02 February 2012 - 07:22 AM
Yesterday a friend showed me a very simple method of preparing eggplant and it's perfect for some of our uses. The eggplant is sliced fairly thin lengthwise, cheese and thin-sliced tomato is put on it, sprinkled with herbs, and then baked. We can use this on sandwiches. Is there any type of eggplant that may be better for this technique? Thanks!
Posted 02 February 2012 - 07:41 AM
Seems to be some thing about there being more or less seeds being attributed to gender, though. Since the seeds are a bit bitter, that would make the more seedless fruits tastier.
Edit: I do not believe that there are gendered eggplants. If you want fewer seeds, the general rule is to look for younger eggplants, since the seeds are less mature.
Edit again: The "bred out" comment about seeds is about fruit and vegetables in general (like watermelon), not eggplant.
Edited by feedmec00kies, 02 February 2012 - 07:45 AM.
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Posted 02 February 2012 - 08:31 AM
When it comes to using eggplants, c00kies is exactly right - younger fruits will have fewer mature seeds in them, which lowers their bitterness considerably. But if you're already slicing your eggplants thinly, why not salt and press them? Then, regardless of the age of the fruit when it was harvested, it will always be tender and relatively sweet (the salt pulls out and neutralizes the nicotinic alkaloids that make the flesh taste bitter). The white-skinned cultivars tend to be less bitter to begin with than the purple ones, but that's a personal observation and your palate may differ.
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Posted 02 February 2012 - 09:33 AM
However, when I did the sensible thing and read the thread, I discovered that all my points had been more than adequately covered by people more knowledgeable than me, a group which covers most of the population of our planet.
I can only add that eggplants or aubergines come in all shapes, sizes and even colours. The more phallic ones may be referred to as 'male' and the more curvaceous as 'female', but they are neither really male or female.
Right now, I have a bunch of beautiful white eggplants on the shelf. I will describe them as female, but if I tell you why, I will be banned!
Posted 02 February 2012 - 10:06 AM
Are y'all telling me there's nothing to the "round belly button is male; slit belly button is female" thing?
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Posted 02 February 2012 - 10:50 AM
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