We just received two plump eggplants from our CSA and as we were sticking them in the refrigerator, we suddenly questioned whether this was the right move. Remember that tip for storing cucumbers? Turns out eggplant is similar. We did some research and discovered that our hunch was right. Eggplant generally should not be refrigerated because the low temperatures can damage the texture and flavor. UC Davis recommends storing eggplant at room temperature, although it may be kept in the refrigerator 1 to 3 days if used soon after removal.
Keep eggplant in a cool spot, away from direct sunlight, and use it as soon as possible after harvesting or buying. You can place it in a vented bowl, but avoid sealing it in a plastic bag, which can increase decay.
Emily Ho is a writer, recipe developer, and educator. She lives in Los Angeles, where she teaches classes on food preservation, wild food, and herbalism. Emily is a Master Food Preserver and founder of LA Food Swap and the international Food Swap Network.
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