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Solanum melongena L.

Synonyms

Melongena esculenta, Melongena ovata, Solanum aethiopicum, Solanum album, Solanum edule, Solanum esculentum, Solanum insanum, Solanum longum, Solanum melanocarpum, Solanum melongenum, Solanum oviferum, Solanum ovigerum, Solanum trongum, Solanum zeylanicum

Common names

Eggplant, aubergine, brinjal

Extract from Wikipedia article

Solanum melongena is a species of nightshade grown for its edible fruit. It has several common names; in American, Canadian and Australian English it is called eggplant, in British English aubergine. It is known in South Asia, Southeast Asia and South Africa as brinjal. Other common names are melongene, garden egg, or guinea squash. The fruit is widely used in cooking, most notably as an important ingredient in dishes such as moussaka and ratatouille. As a member of the genus Solanum, it is related to both the tomato and the potato. It was originally domesticated from the wild nightshade species, the thorn or bitter apple, S. incanum, probably with two independent domestications, one in the region of South Asia, and one in East Asia.

LinkEggplant (Solanum melongena) taken from entrance of Barzan Towers. Doha, Qatar, March 7, 2015
LinkFruits of eggplant (Solanum melongena) taken from entrance of Barzan Towers. Doha, Qatar, March 7, 2015
LinkEggplant (Solanum melongena) near a water tank on roadside between Mesayeed and Harrarah. Qatar, October 30, 2015
Location on mapsAl Wukair St, Qatar
LinkBlooming eggplant (Solanum melongena) near a water tank on roadside between Mesayeed and Harrarah. Qatar, October 30, 2015
Location on mapsAl Wukair St, Qatar
LinkEggplant (Solanum melongena) with flowers near a water tank on roadside between Mesayeed and Harrarah. Qatar, October 30, 2015
Location on mapsAl Wukair St, Qatar
LinkFlower and a dissected ovary of eggplant (Solanum melongena) taken from area of water tank on roadside between Mesayeed and Harrarah. Qatar, October 30, 2015
LinkEggplant (Solanum melongena) in a park at Al Intisar Street near a corner with Onaiza. Doha, Qatar, December 3, 2015
Location on mapsAl Markhiya St, Doha, Qatar

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