Can you eat an overripe eggplant?

In this brief guide, we will answer the question “Can you eat an overripe eggplant?” and discuss how to tell if an eggplant has gone bad. We will also discuss how to properly store an eggplant. We will also discuss whether you can freeze an eggplant and discuss the right way to do it. 

Can you eat an overripe eggplant?

Yes, you can eat a slightly overripe eggplant but it is important to make sure that the eggplant has not gone bad before eating it. An overripe eggplant spoils very quickly. 

Eggplant which is overripe may be mushy or a little brown in color but as long as it is not rotten, it is safe to consume. Some people might find the texture to be unappealing but it is nothing to worry about as it would not be as noticeable after cooking it. 

Overripe eggplant may be slightly brown but it is nothing to worry about as long as it is not rotten or has any mold. Eggplant when cut, turns brown any way when it comes in contact with air. 

How to tell if an eggplant has gone bad?

As explained above, overripe eggplant is different from spoiled eggplant such that overripe eggplant is safe to eat while rotten eggplant is not. Here’s how you can tell if your eggplant has gone bad. 

  • Look for any discolorations on the eggplant. If you see any discolored spots such as they are bruised, brown or black then it is a sign that the eggplant has gone bad.
  • Wrinkly or discolored skin is also a sign of spoilage.
  • Look for any growth of mold as well. Mold can appear as fuzzy gray or greenish growth or bluish or greenish spots. Such eggplant should be thrown out immediately.
  • Look for any changes of the texture as well. Slimy or gooey texture indicates that the eggplant has gone bad.
  • Give it a sniff test and see if it smells fine. An off odor or a rancid smell is an indication that the eggplant has gone bad. 

Another thing to keep in mind is that eggplant flesh is white but starts turning brown when it is cut open. If it has turned brown after cutting it open, then it is good to eat but if it is all brown the very moment you cut it open, then it has spoiled. 

How to properly store eggplant?

Eggplant can be stored on the countertop at room temperature, in the pantry or in the fridge. If you are storing it in the pantry, then keep it away from direct sunlight and heat as these things can cause it to get spoiled.

It is better to store eggplant in the pantry rather than in the fridge. If you are storing them in the fridge, then do not place them in a sealed bag or an airtight container as they need to breathe to stay fresh. You can place them in a bag with holes and then place them inside the fridge. 

Can you freeze eggplant?

Yes, you can freeze eggplant to make it last longer. This way, it stays fresh and also retains its flavor. 

You need to blanch the eggplant before freezing it. To do this, bring some water to a boil and keep an ice bath ready. When the water is boiling, wash the eggplant and cut it into thin slices. Then place them in the boiling water for 4 to 5 minutes and then take them out. 

Immediately place them in the cold water bath to stop the cooking process. Once cooled, pat them dry and place them in a freezer safe bag then put them back inside the freezer. 

Find out how an eggplant lasts here.

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Conclusion

In this brief guide, we answered the question “Can you eat an overripe eggplant?” and discussed how to tell if an eggplant has gone bad. We also discussed how to properly store an eggplant. We also discussed whether you can freeze an eggplant and discussed the right way to do it.

Citations

https://www.eatingwell.com/article/7951742/how-to-tell-if-eggplant-is-bad/#:~:text=If%20you%20cut%20the%20eggplant,it%20should%20be%20thrown%20away.

https://www.leaf.tv/articles/how-to-tell-when-an-eggplant-has-gone-bad/

https://www.tfrecipes.com/overripe-eggplant-safe-to-eat/

https://www.allrecipes.com/article/eggplant-brown-inside/

Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.