eggplants with smooth, shiny skin that are uniform in color and heavy for their size. To test for ripeness, lightly press a finger against the skin. If it leaves an imprint, the eggplant is ripe. Choose smaller eggplants as they tend to be sweeter, less bitter, have thinner skin and less seeds.
eggplants that are wrinkled or have blemishes, bruises or tan patches.
All year; peak season is August and September