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In Season: Eggplant

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August is the beginning of eggplant season. I haven't had a chance to sample this season's crop yet, but last summer I especially enjoyed the new-to-me white and fairy tale varieties. White eggplants tend to be smaller and less bitter than the purple varieties, but with a tougher skin. Fairy tale eggplants are even smaller and white with violet/purple stripes, and almost sweet-tasting. I enjoyed these petite eggplant whole tossed in some olive oil, sprinkled with salt and pepper, and roasted or grilled. Super easy and delicious. Here are a few recipes we think are worth trying this eggplant season:

Eggplant Recipes

Baba Ghanoush
Steamed Spicy Eggplant
Broiled Eggplant Japonaise
Pez De Tierra (Eggplant Fries)
Mario Batali's Eggplant Parmesan: Parmigiana di Melanzane [Food Network]

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