How to tell if an eggplant is male or female with photos

Sunday, July 09, 2006
Hope you enjoy this explicit information my husband provided about sexing eggplants.
Back when we had the house in Barnegate, New Jersey I would on the weekends make the three hour drive from the houseboat in NYC to the house on land. When I visited, Grandma Rose would always bake my favorite dish, Eggplant Parmesan. Making eggplant Parmesan was a two-day process, beginning with the purchase of the raw eggplants. Not as easy as you might think.
As soon as I got to the N.J. house I would get back in the car with Grandma Rose and visit four, five, or six farm stands looking for the proper eggplants. Grandma Rose would go to each farm stand table and pick up each eggplant, examine the bottom, and invariably put it back down. She would repeat this for every eggplant until all were examined, and we would drive on to the next farm stand. Whenever a vendor would ask Grandma what she was looking for her only comment would be, “The male has the seed.” Very often the vendor would ask me what she had said, so I would repeat, “The male has the seed.” After doing this week after week I pretty much lost forever the concept of embarrassment. But I also learned what Grandma Rose was doing and how to pick out eggplants.
(1924 picture of Grandma Rose, Uncle Johnny, and my mother Lee, at 10. Feel the love.)
On the bottom of the eggplant is a scar. If the scar is round you have a female eggplant which will be relatively seed free. If the scar is elongated (“Longer than it is wide”) you have a male eggplant, and by now we know “The male has the seed.”
Here we have a picture of EggplantusFemaleusBottomus showing the bottomside scar. This is the best eggplant we could find in our local store. Grandma Rose would have rejected this as not being female enough. But you get the point. What you want to see will look like a dime, it will be that well defined.
I eventually went on to grow my own eggplants in a backyard garden. This gave me my Saturdays back.
(1938 picture of Grandma Rose, with my mother and my “first” Grandpa, Francesco.)
Over the years I’ve mentioned the sexing of an eggplant to various people whenever the subject of making good eggplant parmesan came up. I’ve never found anyone who had ever heard about Female/Maleness in this respect. Then, just a few days ago, my homemaking wife took out “Suzanne’s Cooking Secrets” book by Suzanne Warner Pierot from the Library, and right there on page 88 was…
Female/Male isn’t mentioned but we know what this the author is talking about.
(1941. Grandpa Henry, Aunt Barbara, my father Francis/Frank, then Grandma Rose, my mother Lee, Grandma Anna, and in the middle, sister Rosanna.)
Don’t forget, “The male has the seed.”
Jim & Family

About Heather Marsten

Welcome to Heather's Blog. I'm looking forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. I just moved about nine years of material over from another blog site, Xanga, who may close down mid-July. At first I was disappointed to make the move because I had a lifetime membership at Xanga and had to spend weeks transferring posts. But now I'm thrilled. Already I've met new bloggers and read many new websites. Blogging is a wonderful way to expand my horizons and garner new ideas. I'm a happily married mom of three young adults. My husband and I are proud to watch our children grow and venture out into the world. My daughter is still in college but my two sons have graduated. One has a job and the other just graduated and is in the process of finding a job in his field, physics. Anyone know of any jobs out there? I'm proud of our children and love watching them grow and mature. They've become fine, compassionate, and loving people. Empty nest? Nah, I'm too busy to let an empty nest bother me. Not enough hours in the day. My husband and I enjoy quiet time together and I have many interests to pursue - one of which is blogging :D I am a born-again believer and love God. As you read this blog, you will discover that Bible studies thrill me. There is so much wisdom contained between the covers of the Bible and I am fortunate to sit under the teachings of a remarkable pastor, Pastor Don Moore. Members of our church (Living Word Chapel in West Hurley, New York) are encouraged to teach and there are visiting pastors who stop by our church, I also study the Bible on my own and love sharing what I learn. One other passion is writing. My current work in process is a memoir. A scene from my memoir was published in a book called: Heavenly Company: Entertaining Angels Unaware - an anthology of angelic encounters compiled by Cecil Murphy. I'm hoping my memoir will encourage other survivors of abuse. I grew up in a home filled with abuse, including incest. For most of my life I was searching for something that would fill the void of not being loved by my parents. I tried many ways to find that love -- therapy, relationships, occult studies, and keeping my life so filled I had no way to think about my past. It was only when I discovered God that I was able to put the pieces of my life back together and walk forward in a joyous life. My nickname - wondering has changed from wondering where the heck God was in my life, to wondering what incredible adventure is going to happen next. I hope you enjoy my site. Please say hi, share some thoughts, and ask questions. I look forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. Have a blessed day. Heather
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