Eggplant (Solanum melongena) is a member of the nightshade family Solanaceae (Rindels 1997). It is called "eggplant" because the original plant produced small, oval-shaped white fruit that resembled an egg. In 1806, Thomas Jefferson (well-known for his promotion of horticulture) introduced the eggplant to the United States after receiving the fruit from a friend in France. Eggplants belong to the same family of plants as tomato, tobacco, and pepper, and eggplants are susceptible to many of the same diseases that affect these plants.
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