Like its cousin the tomato, eggplant is actually a fruit, not a vegetable. What is the link to eggs? Unlike today’s purple pear-shaped types, early eggplants were white and egg shaped.
While popular in Mediterranean dishes from Greece, Italy and southern France, eggplant is also a staple in Indian, Moroccan and Middle Eastern cuisines since it’s native to Asia and Africa. Meaty in texture, eggplant is often used in sandwiches and casseroles in place of meat. It’s also delicious in stews, pasta sauces and dips.