Have you heard that eggplants have arrived at the North Park Farmers market? Often ignored or overlooked, we think that the eggplant is a majestic vegetable that just don't get no respect! Native to India, the eggplant has been cultivated since the beginning of their historical record keeping. It's so versatile that almost every culture worldwide has adopted it as reflected by the numerous tasty eggplant dishes prepared around the world from baingan bharta served in India, to baba ghanoush served in the Middle-East, to moussaka served in Greece, to aubergine parmigiana (a.k.a. eggplant parmesan) served in Italy, to beer-battered deep fried eggplant fritters served in Georgia, USA.
We discovered the Rosa Bianca, also known as a Sicilian eggplant, last year and it instantly got our respect! Available at Suzie's, this heirloom varietal, is sweet, fleshy and a lot less bitter than most other varieties. It also has a minimal amount of seeds, making it perfect for grilling, baking and for just about anything that requires eggplant. Slice it thinly, sprinkle with olive oil and thyme from Thyme Essence, grill the slices,smear on some of Nicolau's fresh goat chevre, roll them up, top with chopped heirloom tomatoes from JR Organics and drizzle with Gianni's balsamic vinegar. We think that you'll be giving the eggplant its due props!