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You Will Need
- Discerning eyes
Look at the stem and cap
Look at the eggplant's stem and cap. They should be bright green. If the stem and cap are faded or browning, the eggplant is old and overripe.
Examine the skin
Look at the eggplant's skin. It should be deep and dark all the way around, and free of scars and discoloration.
Feel the eggplant
Hold the eggplant in the palm of your hand and gently squeeze it with your fingertips. The skin should be slightly elastic and spring back when you release it. If indentations remain where your fingertips were, the eggplant isn't ripe yet.
Look for bruises
Look for soft spots or bruises on the skin of the eggplant. Scarring or bruising on the skin is indicative of damaged or decayed flesh underneath.