Chinese eggplant is a striking purple fruit that is used heavily in East Asian cuisine. It is tender with a rich flavor when cooked.
Look for smooth, shiny skin. There should be no major blemishes or discoloration. To pick a ripe plant, press down on the eggplant. It should leave a slight imprint. Choose smaller varieties as they tend to be sweeter. Chinese eggplant should be stored at room temperature, away from sunlight in a cool place.
Chinese eggplant can be baked or roasted. They can also be stuffed, braised, or grilled. It is very popular in Chinese cuisine to stir-fry them.