Scientific Name: Solanum melongena
Country of Origin: Southeast Asia
Eggplants are originally from what is now India, thougn now they have spread out throughout the world. They arrived in the New World with European colonization. There are many varieties of eggplant, from pure white to striped to the classic dark purple or near-black. Eggplants can be used as a meat substitute, used in tempura, fried, braised or stuffed. They are a very low-calorie food.