Re: [gardeners] Friday in the garden

George Shirley (
Sat, 12 Jul 2003 11:50:06 -0500

I only grow two kinds of eggplant, the Japanese style and the heirloom 
Louisiana Long Green, both are sweet and don't have to be salted and 
pressed to get the bitter taste out. In addition storing anything in 
olive oil in the U.S.A. is frowned on by the U.S. Department of 
Agriculture, too big a chance of growing the botulism bug in that 
anaerobic environment. I prefer to freeze them as drying eggplant, to 
me, turns it into a particularly unsavory form of leather. B-)

George wrote:

>>Did unload some cukes on a couple of friends and they seemed happy to
>>get them but no one wanted eggplant. Are we the only people in the world
>>who eat lots of eggplant?
> The Italians slice and dry the eggplant by salting it well and then pressing
> it for a time. Then they put it in a jar with olive oil and tightly packed
> eggplant and it is stored for later and is allways ready to use.
> Bob C