Re: [gardeners] Re: bitter eggplants

Margaret Lauterbach (
Tue, 10 Jul 2001 08:03:41 -0600

Reproductive parts of the eggplant plant are in the self-pollinating 
flowers. If you say some of the fruits are "male," then won't you be 
astonished to learn that the fruits contain seeds!  That's a female 
function, isn't it?  Holy Toledo!!!  The fruit IS an ovary.  Then how can 
an ovary be male?  Margaret L

At 05:55 AM 7/10/01 -0400, you wrote:
>I read this about eggplants sometime in the past.  It is the male eggplants
>that are bitter.  Male eggplants can be distinguished by the bumpier
>surface- sort of rounded points- at the end opposite from the stem.  Look
>for an eggplant that is one smooth curve at that end.
>This may not be true, and I may have the genders mixed up, but since reading
>this and always buying eggplants with rounded ends I've never had a bitter
>Northampton MA
>Please respond to or