Soft, brown spots, and a dried-out, dark stem are other indications that an eggplant is near spoiling. At the store or farmer's market, squeeze the eggplant; it should feel pleasantly firm—not spongy or rock hard. Small eggplants tend to be sweeter than the large, mature ones.
Besides, are the seeds of an eggplant edible?
Eggplants are an extremely healthy vegetable for any diet. Unlike many foods, where the seeds are unpalatable and often removed before eating, eggplant seeds are healthy and are beneficial to health. The problem with eggplants is that they are often very bitter and most people are unable to eat them raw as a result.
How long does eggplant last in the refrigerator?
Refrigerator Storage. Eggplant placed in the refrigerator will normally stay fresh two to five days. Never refrigerate cut-up eggplant, as the flesh turns rotten very quickly once exposed. You can store whole eggplant in a plastic bag, but do not seal it in plastic wrap, which will keep the vegetable from breathing.
Do you have to peel an eggplant?
The skin is entirely edible, though with larger eggplants it can be a little tough. If your eggplant is young, tender, and on the small side, the nutrient-rich skin can probably be left on for skillet frying or braising. Otherwise, peel the skin and then slice or cube the flesh.