Friday, July 24, 2020

Recipe: How to cook homegrown Japanese Eggplant (Ichiban).

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How to cook Japanese Eggplant.

What is Japanese Eggplant?  

This is a long, thin eggplant with a delicate taste and less chewy texture.  I prefer it over regular eggplant because the seeds are so tiny that they're almost nonexistent.  The only problem with this vegetable is that you can't buy it in the regular grocery store.  The only way that I can get my hands on it is to grow it in my garden.

You can find seeds for Japanese eggplant by clicking here.

Easy recipe to cook Japanese Eggplant:

Chop the eggplant into rectangular pieces like pictured above.  Add (2) tablespoons olive oil, a pad of butter, a tablespoon of garlic powder, and a sprinkle of salt and pepper.  If desired, add (1) diced tomato and a handful of fresh basil leaves.  Sautee on medium heat, mixing often, for about 20 minutes or until tender.

The pad of butter is an important ingredient because it helps the eggplant release itself from the pan.  Additionally, since it's a very absorbent vegetable, the butter helps from keeping the eggplant from soaking up too much oil.

What veggies are you growing in the garden?


  1. To be honest, mask wearing should remain more normal in the United States. Maybe not as much as we doing now, but it would prevent the spreading of germs for other diseases

    1. I suppose, but it's a sad world that way. I started giggling when I saw a meme that showed people wearing masks with their pictures on their shirt so you knew who they were. LOL

  2. I knew about the word ichiban but never knew it meant eggplant LOL
    Happy birthday to your hubby! What is he getting from you? :)

    1. Thank you!! We are surprising him with a mini trip to the place he's been begging to go. It's the largest indoor water park in the US. Bleh, I skeeve, but I'll put my smile on. :) :)

  3. Sure you’ll be going to the Poconos in August . . . LOL, I really hope you do, but I thought NY wasn’t letting people cross the border? Or that you’d have to quarantine for 14days when you return?

    I’m excited about your eggplant. I couldn’t find the seeds anywhere, but I’ll try a catalog for next year.

    My teacher friends are going insane with all the confusion on what will happen. Good luck and happy birthday to your hubby!

    1. We're keeping our fingers crossed! The quarantine is only required for states with infection rates @ 10% or higher. More than half the country is on the list, but PA has been holding steady. (Knock on wood)

      You must try the Japanese Eggplant if you can find it next year. You won't regret it. It produces so much too. We have four plants and average about 8 full grown eggplants a week. That typically lasts through the Autumn or until the frosts start.

  4. Disgusting it has become? Never stopped being disgusting, just hide it better now.

    Pfffft not impossible, just hire mary poppins lol

  5. Happy Birthday to the hubs! 30's were such great years for me!

    The eggplants look wonderful!

    I just finished Filthy Rich. What a sick, sick world we live in. I've been paying attention to the people who went to his island and were friends with him. Don't tell me that they didn't know he was doing what he was doing. People like Bill Clinton, Chrissy Teigan, John Legend, Kevin Spacey.... none of them said a damn thing. Makes me sick that they use their platform to shove their holier than though opinions down our throats, but keep their mouths shut when it comes to one of their friends abusing underage girls.

    We are keeping Allison home the first half of the school year for e-learning. I'll let the other people be the test dummies on how in person classes are going. We don't have a good safety plan. It's basically "let's throw them in the ring and see what happens." I'll reevaluate after Christmas on if we should send her in or keep her home for the remainder of the year.

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