Effective Ways to Store Eggplant After Harvest

Eggplants are a delicious and versatile vegetable that can be cooked in many different ways. Whether you like them grilled, baked or fried, eggplants always add a unique flavor to your meals. If you’re growing eggplants in your garden or have bought some from the market recently, it’s important to know how to store them properly after harvest so that they last longer and retain their freshness. In this blog post, we’ll share some tips on how to store eggplant after harvest.

1. Harvesting Eggplant

Before we dive into storing eggplant after the harvest, let’s first talk about when is the best time to pick them. Depending on the variety of eggplant you planted, it will take anywhere between 50-80 days for fruits to mature. It’s essential that you wait until the fruit has reached its full size before harvesting; otherwise, it might not ripen further once picked.

The ideal way of determining whether an eggplant is ready for picking is by checking its skin color and texture since different varieties may have different colors at maturity stages such as purple-black glossy surface or light pinkish-white surface depending upon their species.

When To Harvest?

It’s best to harvest just as soon as th efruit changes its color entirely – from shiny glossy black/white/pinkish white (depending on species)to duller shades indicating that its peak ripeness has arrived.

2. Preparing Eggplant For Storage

Once you’ve harvested your ripe and juicy eggplants safely taking care of not damaging other plants around while plucking out these delicate ones ,wash them thoroughly with cold water. After washing leave it one side over towel placed over elevated area which allows excess moisture get evaporated away.. Once dried completely use a sharp knife for cutting off stem end. 

Gather Supplies

You’ll need a knife, cutting board, and preferably some Ziploc bags.

Wash The Eggplants

Rinse the eggplants under cold water to remove dirt or dust. Pat dry with paper towels.

Cut Off The Stem End

Using a sharp knife, cut off the stem end of each eggplant. This will help them last longer in storage.

3. Storage Options for Eggplant After Harvest

Now that you’ve washed and prepared your eggplants for storage let’s talk about the different ways you can store them after harvest:

A) Room Temperature Storage:

If you are planning to use your harvested fruits within two days storing at room temperature is best choice. This method works well if you’re going to cook with them soon because it allows air circulation which prevents moisture build-up around vegetables. 

However, If left too long on kitchen countertop exposed they start decaying quickly so be careful!

B) Refrigerator Storage:

For more extended time-span keeping in refrigerator is advised . Eggplants stored inside Ziploc bags provide a much better environment since they limit air flow and keep out excess moisture too preventing their decay as compared to just placed individually unwrapped over shelves.

Moreover ,it also helps retain their flavor by reducing unnecessary exposure to other smells like onions or garlic that may permeate through when kept together in fridge without any protection. 

As an added bonus, refrigerated eggplants will stay fresh between 7-14 days!

Conclusion

Storing eggplant correctly after harvest is essential for maintaining its freshness and prolonging its shelf life. We hope these tips have been helpful in guiding you through the process of storing your freshly harvested eggplants! Remember always wash before using even if you’re going to cook them, and keep them away from strong smells that might affect their taste. With these simple steps, you can enjoy your eggplants for weeks to come!

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