A couple years ago, eggplant was only a color in my mind. I had no idea it was such a mild vegetable that cooks down into silky, brown deliciousness. Now, eggplant is probably my favorite vegetable.
However, you might have heard some intimidating things about it. Bitterness? Sweating? Turning brown?
Here are three myths you don't have to believe about eggplant:
#1- You need to peel it. Nah- don't bother. The peel adds texture and interest.
#2- You need to sweat it. Supposedly eggplant is bitter and by salting it, you draw out all the bitterness. I quit sweating it (pun intended) years ago and I have yet to meet a bitter eggplant coming from my own garden or any other local producer. Save yourself the time and don't bother!
#3- It spoils quickly. I have found that I can keep them at room temp on the counter top for several days. If I only use half the eggplant for a recipe, I will put the other half of the eggplant in a bag in the frig and it will keep just fine that way for several days as well.
If you've never tried eggplant before, I hope this convinces you that eggplant is easy and fuss-free. I will be sharing some of my favorite eggplant recipes, because I want to you to love eggplant as much as I do!