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Whether you buy them large or small, look out for firm aubergines with glossy, shiny skin.
Roasted with herbs and sweet cherry tomatoes until creamy and yielding, they are a lesson in delicious simplicity. Alternatively, grill sliced aubergines and dot with pomegranate seeds and labneh
for an easy salad, stuff with rice for a super-thrifty vegetarian main or try your hand at spiced aubergine shakshuka – a real winner for brunch.
If you’re planning on frying your aubergine, salt slices beforehand to prevent the fruit from absorbing too much oil.