How to Tell if an Eggplant Is Fresh

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Desirable characteristics such as a green stem, healthy shine, rich color and firm consistency help you to identify a fresh eggplant. Learn to tell the difference with the aid of this free video on eggplant recipes.

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Hello, I'm Coreen from Shakes Bakes, and today we're going to be going over some of the things to look for to make sure that eggplant is a fresh one. I don't know if you've ever been in a grocery store and been into the eggplant section, and have been just deterred from picking any up because you weren't sure what to look for to make sure that when you get home, you have a nice fresh eggplant. So, today I'm going to give you some tips on the things to look for in order to make sure you get that great eggplant and take it home. A common thing that people look for, it's not necessarily my rule, is they look for the green part, the stem, of the eggplant. They want to make sure that that's bright green, and it looks nice and fresh. I guess I run into a few problems with that because I use a lot of organic products, and the stems are not always as green as some of the other eggplants that might be in the market. So, that's not a indicator that I typically use, but I do know that many people use that. Another thing to look for is the sheen on the skin. It should have a nice sheen, and a nice, rich color. As you can see here, this color is rich, and the sheen reflects right off the light, it's beautiful. Okay, a third thing to look for is a test that I give. I actually take my finger, and I press into the skin like so, and it dents it. And, as you can see, the dent is coming out, it's actually going back to the smoothness that it had before. That's a great indicator that this eggplant is fresh. So, those are some of the tips that I'm going to leave with you, and I hope that you have a happy shopping.

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