How to Buy, Store, and Cook With Eggplant, In Season in July

June 29, 2015

From baba ghanoush to cheese-smothered eggplant parm, there are many reasons to love this summer nightshade. Eggplant has typically been considered to be very bitter, but that’s largely a misconception. Only gigantic eggplant boats need to be salted before cooking (the process draws out moisture and counters bitterness). Otherwise, you can skip this step.

Avoid eggplants that are too hard or too soft: You’re looking for one that’s juuust right. When in doubt, err on the side of overly firm; some varieties don’t have much give when squeezed, even when ripe. As with zucchini, the larger the specimen,…