The eggplant is a member of the nightshade (Solanaceae) family to it is akin to the potato, tomato as well as the tomatillo and chayote. Although we use eggplant as a vegetable, it is really a fruit. While there are many variations of eggplant the most common in the US is "Black Beauty" (the large, dark glossy typical grocery store variety) and Japanese, the long slender version sometimes light purple.
If you read our main article about eggplant, you will learn about an amazing array of eggplant fruits in various colors, shapes, and sizes. The English actually gave the fruit the name of "eggplant" referring one varieties shape which was similar to an egg. To much of Europe, the eggplant is referred to as an "aubergine" and Italy it is called melanzana.
If you don't have (or don't like) eggplant then try one of these alternatives:
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