Receiving Information: Ethylene-sensitive. Do not store or transport with commodities that produce ethylene. Odor sensitive. Do not store next to ginger or onions. Susceptible to chilling injury. Eggplant is sensitive to temperature extremes and requires a cool atmosphere to cut moisture loss. If left at room temperature for several days, produce becomes soft and wrinkled. Small scars on eggplant, commonly caused by wind, do not affect quality. Storage/Handling: Temperature/humidity recommendation for short-term storage of 7 days or less:
46-54 degrees F. 90-95% relative humidity.
Eggplant is a member of the nightshade family, along with tomatoes and potatoes. They have a smooth, glossy deep purple skin and a creamy ivory flesh dotted with seeds. Eggplant are great flied, saut_ed, roasted or pureed. Eggplant has been found to help aid in the protection of brain cells. It also contains important antioxidants, which have been linked to a decreased occurrence of cancer. Eggplant contains antioxidants, which have been shown to help reduce cholesterol in studies on animals.