>Note: I never salt the eggplant. Just buy fresh firm skinned vegetables.
>I believe the bitterness comes from old ones with large seeds.
I have been led to understand that it's not the age of the eggplant, but
the sex. (tee, hee!)
Here's how you sex your eggplant:
Look on the bottom. If the 'navel' is small and indented with a fleshy
border, it's female. If the bottom is smooth with a larger and rounder
navel, it is of masculine inclination. The female has more seeds, and is
therefore more bitter. The male has less seeds, so of course has a milder
flavour. Go for this one.
And don't laugh. I'm serious!
Hope this helps.
Sharon M. BSc(Hons)Ost, MRO