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HOW DO YOU TELL THE GENDER OF AN EGGPLANT?

Eggplants don't have separate male and female plants. Neither do they have separate male and female flowers. They are self-pollinating, meaning each flower has male and female parts and does not need another flower in order to produce fruit.

This picture shows the difference between male and female fruit. The male fruit have less seed or smaller seed and are less bitter. The female fruit has a longer marking on the end of the flower blossom end of the fruit away from the stem. The male fruit has a smaller rounded spot. Some are difficult to distinguish. If you see ones at the market with a noticable longer slit mark where the flower blossom was attached leave that fruit on the shelf.

The plants produce both male and female fruit, both fruit are fine to eat, just that the male are usually less bitter.

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