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Here are 3 methods of extracting bitterness from garden eggs

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The African garden egg, also referred to as the African eggplant, is a variety of eggplant extensively enjoyed across numerous regions in West Africa.

Characterized by its small size and typically white or green coloration, it bears a resemblance to a large egg in shape, hence its name. Garden eggs hold significant importance in African cuisines, appreciated for their versatility in various culinary preparations.

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Nevertheless, certain garden eggs may possess a bitter taste. Overcoming this bitterness or identifying potentially bitter ones before cooking entails employing specific tips and techniques:

Selecting less bitter garden eggs

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Color and Size: Typically, younger, smaller garden eggs are less bitter than their larger, more mature counterparts. Opting for firm and vibrant colors (usually bright white or green) might help in choosing less bitter varieties.

Skin Texture: Smooth-skinned garden eggs are often less bitter compared to those with wrinkles or blemishes.

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Preparation techniques to reduce bitterness

Salting: One common method to reduce bitterness is salting. Cut the garden eggs into slices or the desired shape and sprinkle them generously with salt. Let them sit for about 30 minutes to an hour. The salt helps draw out the bitter juices. Afterward, rinse the garden eggs thoroughly under cold water to remove the salt and the extracted bitter juices.

Soaking in water: Soaking sliced garden eggs in salted water can also help reduce bitterness. This method is similar to salting but can be a bit milder on the vegetable’s texture. After soaking for about 30 minutes, rinse the pieces before cooking.

Blanching: Blanching involves boiling the garden eggs briefly and then plunging them into icy water. This can help reduce their bitterness and soften them slightly, making them easier to cook.

Cooking methods

    Combining with other flavors: Cooking garden eggs with strong flavors and spices can help mask residual bitterness. Ingredients like tomatoes, onions, garlic, and herbs can complement and offset the bitterness.

    Using these tips can help you enjoy garden eggs in various dishes without a strong bitter taste.

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