Eggplant

 Solanum nielongena L.(Solanum melongena) called eggplant by Americans, is also known as Guinea squash in some Southern U.S. regions, “aubergines" (French and British), “bathinjan” (Arabic), "badnjan" (Persian),"berenjena" (Spanish), "berinjela" (Portuguese), "melanzane" (Italians) and "melitzane" (Greeks).

 Eggplant is a fruit we consume as a vegetable. Technically a berry, eggplant comes in a wide range of shapes and sizes, from spherical to cylindrical, and from tiny to enormous, from 2 to 12 inches in length.

There are creamy-white, egg-shaped eggplants, thin Japanese eggplants, small grape-like green Thai eggplants, rosy pink and white striped eggplants and purple and white striped eggplants and most commmon in the U.S., pear-shape variety with a smooth, glossy, dark purple skin.

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