Eggplant comes in many shapes and colors, the most common color being dark purple. But white-skinned varieties are tasty and easy to grow, and they give a garden a special twist.
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Eggplants are native to India, but spread around the globe at an early date; in fact, history tells us that Chinese emperors enjoyed eggplants as early as 600 B.C. A member of the nightshade family, which includes tomatoes, peppers and potatoes, the eggplant is technically a fruit but is commonly considered a vegetable.
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