Jersey King, Classic and High Bush Select are bell-shaped varieties; Mirabel, Vernal and Mini Fingers are long and slim; Murina, Black Beauty and Italian Pink Bicolor are rounded Sicilian types.
It's a source of folacin and potassium. One serving (3 1/2 ounces or 107 g) contains 28 calories.
Eggplant has been cultivated in India for at least 4,000 years, although it is often thought of as a Mediterranean or mid-Eastern vegetable. Credit for introducing it to North America goes to Thomas Jefferson who imported seeds for his garden some 200 years ago.