Although often thought of as a vegetable, the eggplant is botanically a fruit. It is a member of the nightshade family, which includes the tomato, potato, and pepper. In addition to the purple eggplant, there are many other types of eggplant, varying from white to green-yellow and purple-black. Eggplants also vary in shape and may be oblong, round, tear-dropped,
or lobed. Eggplants range in length from 2 to 12 inches.
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