How to tell a male eggplant from a female?

Eggplant parmesan recipe suggests using male eggplants. Anyone have an easy way to distinguish? Thanks!

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mainecook61 February 23, 2011
Um, I think someone somewhere is having a good laugh about "male" and "female" eggplants. But there certainly are shape differences between long skinny Asian-type eggplants and the plumper, more rounded and commonly available European ones. Seediness always signals that an eggplant is overripe, no matter what variety you choose. I grow both types and find the Asian ones less watery and less fibrous.
 
healthierkitchen February 23, 2011
funny pickle thread, mrslarkin! Were you ever able to tell them apart in the store?
 
mrslarkin February 23, 2011
HK, look through this old pickle for some helpful advice: http://www.food52.com/foodpickle/2202
 
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