How to store aubergine
Keep in the fridge. They should last about a week. They can become slightly bitter the longer you keep them, but there’s no need to salt aubergines, as modern varieties are grown to be much sweeter than they used to be.
How to cook aubergine
Slice lengthways, toss in oil and griddle or BBQ for a few mins on each side until tender. Cube and roast or add to curries, lamb stews and ratatouille. To make stuffed aubergines, cut in half lengthways, scoop out the flesh, then chop and fry it with a tomato and herb sauced. Stuff into the aubergine skins, top with mozzarella and breadcrumbs and bake until golden.
The UK season usually runs from June to September.
Don’t miss graffiti aubergines in late summer. They have a distinctive purple and white mottled skin and a delicate flavour.
Organic aubergine farmer
We grow aubergines on our Riverford farms during the UK season. If you’re lucky enough to find a graffiti aubergine in your box, it was grown by Adrian Izzard, a very committed organic farmer near Cambridge. The rest of the year, your aubergines come from our Spanish grower Paco Locano in sunny Almeria.