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Anatomy

West Thailand: near Thong Pha Phum
Multicolored eggplant for sale by Ferme Oligny of Saint-Rémi, Québec.

The eggplant fruit is a large, gord-shaped berry, it varys in color. It can be an assortment of color, like: dark purple, red, white and even yellow. The leaves of the plant are very large, oval shaped and covered in tiny spiny hairs. The leaves can also grow to be as big as the plant itself. The flowers that bud from the eggplant are violet and white. They are two inches in length and width. The stem of the plant is lined with tiny brush hairs[1]. The eggplant can grow to be two to four feet in width[2].



Reproduction

This is the eggplant seedling I ended up buying to plant at home

The reproductive and the vegetative growth of the eggplant can be changed without causing injury to the plants when supplying ammonium nitrogen to the plant[3].




Ecology

West Thailand: near Thong Pha Phum

The eggplant is mostly found to be located in temperate and tropical regions. In order to survive, this fruit needs to be grown in a warm climated area[4]. The eggplant is usually grown in the southern and eastern parts of Asia and America to where it is native. California, Louisiana, Florida, New jersey and Virginia are some of the harvestors in the United States. The eggplants are grown in these states and dispersed throughout the United States[5].


Other

It has been discovered that eating eggplant decrease the average human's serum cholesterol levels. The eggplant got its name due to all of the different kinds of types of eggplants. In Northern Africa the eggplants grown were shaped like chicken's eggs. They grew in many different colors and weren't used for eating. They were used as decorations and ordaments. In Austrailia they are reffered to as "eggfruits", in the West Indies it is referred to as the "brown jelly",in West Africa it is called the "garden egg", in Europe eggplants are called "aubergines". Some people have claimed to be able to determine the gender of the eggplant, some of the same people have reported seeing Elvis Presley himself at the local farmer's market[6].





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