One of the last batches turned out to have an unpleasant, astringent bitterness, and we went looking for answers to our very own good question. Why did it turn out so bitter, when previous batches of roasted eggplant have been sweet and smoky? Read on for some of the answers we came up with...
We did one more batch and this time let it cool completely, pressing out the juice into the sink before we pureed it. This was very good and had a much sweeter taste.
• Smaller is better - Smaller, more slender eggplants, like Chinese eggplants, tend to be less bitter.
• Go seedless - We like the texture of the tiny seeds in an eggplant, but removing a few of the tougher layers of seeds after roasting can also cut down on bitterness in the finished dish.
Do you like the bitterness of eggplants? A friend prefers them more bitter than sweet. Or do you have other ways to get rid of that astringent taste?
(Image credit: Mariquita Farm)