Purple and spherical, round eggplants are known for their small, round appearance and tender texture. They’re plump and round, and their purple and white exteriors have an almost ombre-like appearance. This mild variety is completely void of bitterness, and tastes best when sliced and roasted or grilled.
Round eggplants are an excellent source of dietary fiber which helps to maintain healthy cholesterol and blood sugar level in the body.
Round eggplants can be fried, braised, roasted, and grilled. When cooked, the texture of round eggplant is hearty making it perfect for use as a meat substitute in vegetarian and vegan preparations. Their small size makes them ideal for one bite appetizers hollowed and stuffed with fillings and then baked. Round eggplants can also be roasted and pureed or chopped to make chutney, tapenade, and other dips. Round eggplant pairs well with garlic, coriander, turmeric, cumin, balsamic, parsley, tomatoes, onions, peppers, zucchini, and goat cheese. Fresh mini eggplant is highly perishable and should be used within two days when stored in a cool and dry place.