It's a vegetable. It's a color. All I know is, when the market came into the office and these were displayed I had to buy some...not to eat, to photograph.
So this is what is has come to - I'm now buying food to photograph, not to eat. This is a double-edged sword. It's great subject matter but then I have this food to deal with. And, in this instance, I'd never made eggplant before; I'd never even eaten it. Yes, I know, I've been sheltered.
Thankfully, I was rescued by a friend who relayed a simple recipe. I'm all about simple. Do not depend on me to spend any significant amount of time on preparation. So when all I needed to do was peel, slice, coat with olive oil, dust with breadcrumbs, add some garlic salt, pop them into the toaster oven and add grated Parmesan cheese as the finale, I knew I was in business.
Now, I can't get enough of purple! And I'm sooooo looking forward to market day and other colors to explore!