Because of its firm texture and flavor, vegetarians often use eggplant as a meat substitute. Everyone can enjoy the versatility and fine taste that eggplant brings to main courses, as well as, light bites. Eggplants have a dark purple skin with creamy flesh.
Select eggplants that are heavy for their size. To store, keep eggplants wrapped in plastic in a cool, dry place or in the refrigerator vegetable crisper.
Commonly, eggplant is cooked before eating. Always wash before use, and eggplant can be peeled or cooked with peel on. Eggplant Parmesan is a favorite eggplant dish, and as mentioned before, makes a great substitute for beef.