How do we love eggplant? Let us count the ways. Prepared properly, the purple-hued vegetable has a wonderful, creamy texture that enhances all sorts of dishes. From smoky Middle Eastern baba ganoush and southern Italian eggplant parmigiana to a spicy Chinese stir-fry and a Turkish stuffed number, eggplant recipes show up in cuisines from all over the globe. Plus, farmers' markets offer so many different varieties of eggplants these days, from the zaftig deep-purple fruits we all know, to bulbous Sicilian, miniature Indian, and svelte, cucumber-shaped Japanese eggplants, that there's endless inspiration when the vegetable is in season. Our collection of globally-inspired eggplant recipes is delicious enough to surprise, delight, and convert even the most fervent eggplant skeptic. Check out our absolute favorite ways to use eggplant below.