These refer to the large pear shaped eggplants (approximately 20cm in length) that are deep purple/black in colour. Regular eggplant can be hydroponically or field grown. Hydroponic eggplants generally have glossier skin with plump unmarked flesh, though some people prefer field grown eggplants as they think they have more flavour. Look for an eggplant that is heavy for its size with a glossy skin and no soft spots, cuts or bruises. Store in the crisper section of the refrigerator. Regular eggplant is a versatile all purpose eggplant. Available all year round with peak season November-March.