Botanically it is known as Solanum melongena. It is a tender perennial plant of the nightshade family (Solanaceae) closely allied to the potato. Egg-plant requires a warm climate and is grown extensively in eastern and southern Asia and in the United States. It has an erect, bushy stem sometimes armed with a few spikes; large, ovate, slightly lobed leaves and pendant; violet, usually solitary flowers about 2 inches across. The fruit is a large, egg-shaped berry, varying in colour from dark purple to violet, yellowish or white. It his sometimes ridged, and has a shining surface. It is served as a baked, grilled, fried, boiled or roasted vegetable and is used as garnish in stews and soups.
Brinjal contains vitamins A, B and C and iron in plenty. For juice purposes, this vegetable is not used.
Benefit and uses of Egg-plant.
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