Sweet Aubergine Preserve

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By Claudia Roden

Published 1986

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This has a pleasant bitter-sweet flavour.


  • 1 kg (2 lb) small, thin, long aubergines
  • 1 kg (2


Wash the aubergines. Trim the stem end, leaving a little piece. Cut one or two thin strips of peel so that the vegetables keep their shape while their flesh is exposed better to absorb the syrup. Some people leave them in water (changed daily) for three days to remove excessive bitterness, but it is sufficient to poach them in lightly salted water for 10 to 15 minutes until they soften (you wil