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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mrslarkin
mrslarkin February 23, 2011

HK, look through this old pickle for some helpful advice: http://www.food52.com/foodpickle...

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healthierkitchen
healthierkitchen February 23, 2011

funny pickle thread, mrslarkin! Were you ever able to tell them apart in the store?

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mainecook61
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.

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