- Now is the season for eggplant!
- The meaning of the proverb, “Don’t feed autumn eggplant to your wife”
- A variety of eggplant dishes
Now is the season for eggplant!
Autumn has come to Japan and as it gets cooler summer appetites become larger. In addition to this, autumn is a fruitful season. A variety of fruits and vegetables are harvested during autumn and is referred to as the“season for appetite”. Among the foods of autumn, I recommend that you to try the autumn eggplant. It is harvested from around August to September and its skin is thin with a firm texture! It is said that the eggplant cools your body, so it’s the best vegetable to eat at the end of summer.
The meaning of the proverb, “Don’t feed autumn eggplant to your wife”
Speaking of autumn eggplant, we have a saying ,“Don’t feed autumn eggplant to your wife.” Why would you not feed it to your wife? There are several meanings, and the most famous one says that it’s too delicious to give to your wife. This makes me chuckle, but it shows that the autumn eggplant is that delicious!
Other meanings say that eggplant gives her the chills, and its lack of seeds will reduce her fertility.
I’d like to adopt the latter reason, showing that men care for their wives!
A variety of eggplant dishes
How you should eat it?
If you like the natural taste, I recommend grilled eggplant. Eat them with soy sauce and ginger. The soft texture is wordlessly superb.
Stewed eggplant is a typical Japanese dish. Deep fried eggplant is stewed with a gingery soup stock. It really goes well with white rice.
“Misodengaku”, grilled eggplant with thick miso.
Lightly pickled eggplant is also good.
Nothing beats it’s firm texture.
You can put it in your miso soup.
It also goes well with pasta. Looks nice and fashionable.
You can get these dishes at an Izakaya or a Teishoku-ya in Japan. You can even buy them at deli corner supermarkets. Maybe I’ll eat stewed eggplant for dinner tonight.