USU Student Organic Farm
Eggplants come in many different colors, shapes and sizes. Although we most often see the dark purple oblong ones, the eggplant was actually named for a white, egg-shaped variety. Each type has a little different texture and flavor and can range from very small to quite large. Generally, larger eggplants with more seeds are more bitter than smaller ones. Eggplants belong to the nightshade family and are related to tomatoes, sweet peppers, and potatoes. They grow similarly to tomatoes, hanging from a vine on a plant near the ground.
Inman, Elisabeth, "Eggplant" (2011). USU Student Organic Farm Newsletter. Paper 20.