Yeow! Has anybody ever had this happen before? I had had an eggplant in the fridge for a couple weeks that I had never gotten around to eating, and decided thatÂs what I was gonna have for dinner tonite, but when I cut it, it was brown inside from being in the fridge for so long! By then I felt like having eggplant, so I went out with the flashlite and dug around under the sheetsÂpossible frost toniteÂuntil I found another one and brought it in and prepared it. I always make it the same wayÂthe easiest way! I slice it, dip it in egg then in cornflake crumbs, and fry it in olive oil. Everything was looking good until I started eating it! It was somewhat bitter, which surprised me since I had just picked it and it definitely wasnÂt too big, but I kept eating it anywayÂI was in the mood for eggplant! The more I ate (eggplant was my whole dinner!) the more bitter it seemed, and then I realized that at least part of what I first thought was bitter was really HOT! I didnÂt finish quite the whole thing, but by the time I stopped, the whole inside of my mouth was numb! IÂve never heard of such a thing happening with eggplant! I think something was going on besides the slight bitterness and the hot sensation, but I donÂt have a clue what! ItÂs been close to an hour, and the inside of my mouth is still half numb!
Has anybody else ever heard of such a thing happening or had it happen to them??? This is weird! ItÂs the same variety I always grow (ÂClassicÂ), tho I did have some problems this year. When I first put them outside, something was eating them. I never did figure out what it wasÂwhatever it was, was too small to see! I sprayed them a few times with soap water, and they finally seemed to start growing, tho the plants never got very big, like they usually do, and the eggplants seemed to develop very slowly, and never got as big as they usually do. I thought the slow development might be the cause of the bitterness, but that still doesnÂt explain the HEAT or the numbing effect!
What have I grown? For all you folks out there who like the HOT peppers (I donÂt!), I might need to save seeds and send them to you. Maybe IÂll get it patented first! SkybirdÂs Special HOT and NUMBING Eggplant!
Anybody have any ideas about what happened to my poor eggplants?