In a medium pot, bring first 6 ingredients to a simmer. Slit each eggplant from blossom end almost to stem end twice, crosswise, so that eggplant splays into four “fingers” attached to stem end.
Place eggplant in simmering liquid and gently simmer 8-10 minutes or until eggplant is tender.
Using tongs place eggplant in a jar, stems up, and pour pickling liquid over top. Refriderate 12 hours.
To serve, place eggplant on a platter, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with cilantro. Makes one quart jar, and keeps up to 3 weeks in the fridge.
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield:1 Quart jar