I've heard the necessity of salting eggplant debated on both sides. I was led to believe it was the eggplants bitterness that calls for salting--the salt draws out the bitter liquid... I've continued to wonder what the verdict on this is, and then I read the article linked to whole foods. There it notes that salting makes the eggplant less likely to soak up tons of oil. So what's the deal with salting?
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But as seen in this post with a quote from Harold McGee, it's also true that salt masks bitterness in the first place: