How to Prepare Eggplants
First of all, organic is the only way to go. Eggplant absorbs a lot of water while it's growing, and whatever is in the water does make its way into your eggplant. The stuff they're spraying on the eggplants out here is not good, it's ruining our ground water, killing birds and the blow off has been causing lung problems out here. So, support your organic growers because they take care of the earth God gave us. Also, there are many studies popping up over how much more nutritious organic vegetables are for youcheck this out. Even if they were the same in nutritional content, however, organic growers are growing their vegetables the way God meant them to be grown, and it IS less expensive to farm organically, there is a much higher quality of nutrients left in organically farmed soils. . I could go on and on. Eat organic.
Second, you have to eat your eggplant ripe. Under-ripe eggplant is under-developed and contains more solanine than a ripe one. So if you can't tolerate eggplant very well, then you really can't tolerate an un-ripe one. Ripe eggplant are a bit soft to the touch, deep dark purple, and shiny. If your eggplant is dull, it's most likely over-ripe, which is okay, but not as good.
Third, always peel the eggplant unless the recipe you are using says not to (it should also give you explicit directions on how to prepare it. . .otherwise, peel it anyway).
Fourth, cut the eggplant in half and give the entire pieces a very liberal rubbing with salt. I and my eggplant eating friends don't use regular tablesalt, we've always used sea salt, but I think regular salt will work just as well. Let the salted pieces sit in a colander or somewhere that air can circulate around them for about 5 minutes or so, while you go about the rest of your meal preparation. Then, just before you need the eggplant, rinse off the salt, pat it dry, and use.
Fifth and final tip, make sure your eggplant is well done. Eggplant is not a veggie you want to eat on the raw side, you want it to be mush.
With all this hassle, why eat eggplant? Well, I eat eggplant because it's cheap, for one thing, (he he he) and it can be a good replacement for meat in dishes because of its rather neutral flavor, and ability to soak up the flavors of other food it's cooked with. Rather filling, it goes with many, many dishes, yet does not have many calories. For the nutritional content of eggplants lookee here.
I'll be posting more recipes containing eggplant later. There are some really good ones. :-D