Eggplant, or aubergine in French, has a long history and has been cultivated all over the world. It is usually thought of as a vegetable but is in fact classified as a fruit.
Eggplant print from DekanimalThe word aubergine has also come to denote the intense distinctive deep purple hue that goes by the same name. More purple than a wine color, more intense than maroon, aubergine is a delicious color also.
Apart from the incredible color it has inspired aubergine is an amazing fruit. Its meaty texture and sponge like attributes make it great for vegan and vegetarian dishes. I don’t think there is another vegetable that is capable of soaking up whatever cooking oils, juices and flavors used like an eggplant can.