Where does the eggplant - also known as brinjal - originate?
The eggplant, aubergine, melongene, brinjal, or guinea squash (Solanum melongena) is a plant of the family Solanaceae (also known as the nightshades) and genus Solanum. It bears a fruit of the same name, commonly used as a vegetable in cooking. As a nightshade, it is closely related to thetomato and potato and is native to Nepal, India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.
The common eggplant (Solanum melongena) is a teardrop shaped, purple fruit. In the U.K. it is also known as aubergine. Other names are melongene, garden egg, guinea squash or .brinjal. Just as the shape may change to long and thin to round as a ball, the color can be white, through the pinks and purples, to deep, dark almost-black. There are even eggplant that are scarlet (African variety) and some that are stripped.