How to know if eggplant is spoiled (5 ways)

In this brief guide, we are going to answer the question “how to know if an eggplant is spoiled”, discuss the different methods of identifying spoiled eggplant and the potential health effects of eating spoiled eggplant.

How to know if eggplant is spoiled?

We can tell if an eggplant has been spoiled by its textures, if it is soft and feels squishy in your hand and not shiny anymore then it’s spoiled. We can identify if it’s spoiled or not by slicing it. If its color is brown then it is not healthy to consume it. It may also have dark spots on its skin.

Eggplants are nutritious, tasty vegetables (or fruits, according to other sources) that may be used in a variety of cuisines. And other food items.

We can tell if an eggplant is spoiled by following 6 different ways:


If it’s not hard then it is probably spoiled. Soft skin is an indication that it’s spoiled. Before buying the eggplant we should check its skin. If it’s not hard then we should avoid buying it.


If the skin of the eggplant is rough and rugged then it has gone spoiled. The shiny surface of the eggplant is an indication that it is healthy to eat. The shine is due to the wax produced by the vegetable which acts as a protective layer.


When cut, the eggplant is slightly slimy which means that it has spoiled. The seeds of eggplant also become slimy.

Brown color:

If the color of the eggplant is brown after cutting it then it is probably spoiled. The brown color reflects that the eggplant is not fresh.

Rotting spots:

If there are rotting spots on the surface of the eggplant then it is spoiled.


If it smells bad or rotten then it is spoiled. We can use our senses to tell if it’s rotten or not.

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Shelf life of eggplant:

The whole eggplant lasts for about 4-5 days if not stored in the refrigerator. It means that after plucking it will last for about 4-5 days at room temperature. If we store the whole eggplant in the refrigerator then it will last for about 2-3 weeks and after freezing, it will last for about 9-12 months depending on the condition. 

Sliced eggplant will last for about 30 minutes at room temperature after that it will start turning brown. We can still eat it but it is not healthy. In the refrigerator, it will last for 3-4 days and after freezing it will last for about 9-12 months depending on the condition.

Different ways to store the eggplant:

  • After buying the eggplant, if it’s in the plastic bag, take the eggplant out of the plastic bag because it is not a good way to keep them.
  • Store the eggplant in cool, dark, and pantry environments at a temperature near 50 F. It will last for about 2-3 weeks. Do not store it in a very cold place.
  • After slicing the eggplant will turn brown after some time, probably 30 minutes and it is not very appetizing. So don’t store it after slicing.
  • Frozen eggplant can be stored for almost a year after blanched (boiling it and then drying it before storing). Freezing is usually used for commercial purposes.
  • We can also store it after it has been made into a dish. We can store it for 2-3 days in the refrigerator.

Effects of eating spoiled Eggplant:

The effects of eating spoiled eggplant are the same as the other vegetables. It can cause food poisoning and indigestion and other stomach discomforts. We should consume the eggplant within the said time otherwise it may have unhealthy effects on our stomach. We should always check the expiry date before buying any vegetables or before consuming any vegetables.


In this article, we have discussed 6 different ways to tell if an eggplant is spoiled. Eggplants are nutritious, tasty vegetables (or fruits, according to other sources) that may be used in a variety of cuisines. 

If they feel soft or squishy then they are probably gone spoiled, their brown color also indicates the health of the eggplants. The brown color indicates that the eggplant is not good for consumption. 

Unfortunately, there are a lot of outdated ideas about the best way to preserve and store eggplant. Keep your eggplant in a cold pantry away from fruits like bananas and tomatoes for a few weeks, according to the latest advice. 

Eggplant can be frozen and pickled for longer storage. If dehydrated, eggplants can be stored for over a year without going bad. While eggplant does go bad eventually, with proper storage, good hygiene, its life can be extended so that it produces the most delicious dishes.


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.