Native to India, the eggplant has been cultivated for 1500 years in Asia. It is known as Aubergine or Brinjal in many countries. It adopted the Eggplant name from early American settlers because early varieties resembled goose eggs. It is a member of the Solanium family in close relation to peppers, potatoes and tomatoes. Eggplants come in many different shapes and colours, relative to the ethnic groups. Eggplants are a source of folic acid. CULTURE: Eggplant is a warm season plant similar to Tomatoes. Start indoors in April- May or 8 weeks before planting in the garden. Transplant outdoors after danger of frost is gone and night time temperatures are above 50F/10C.