Just as I have cherry tomatoes planted in my home garden to see us through the early part of the summer season before our CSA farm produces sizeable distribution, I also plant miniature eggplants: a beautiful orange globe and a variety called “little fingers” that comes in white and the classic dark shade. The orange ones grow to about 2 inches and the long ones range from 4-6 inches. Although I couldn’t find them this year, I also like the violet and white striped variety that doesn’t grow very large, and the green ones.
The simplest preparation is the best. Sliced in half lengthwise, I either pan-grill them facedown in a little olive oil and salt, or roast them in the oven.