It’s quite an interesting name to pair with the fruit, yes fruit, as we know as eggplant. The name makes more sense when you find out that the earlier varieties of eggplants were actually much lighter and white – and are said to have resembled ‘eggs’ hanging from a plant. Isn’t it interesting how over hundreds of years, some original names never change, no matter how much the varieties do? The eggplants that we are commonly familiar with today are far from white – mostly, they are a deep purple color with a green top. This is referred to as the ‘classic’ variation of eggplant, with a large oval shape. Although less prevalent in the States, there are four other varieties of eggplant– Sicilian, White, Indian, and Japanese/Chinese. Eggplants are most common in the Mediterranean food culture – they are a staple in most dishes of the Mediterranean diet.