Aubergine. Watercolor on Arches paper. November 14, 2010. Images below, just loving the real thing. This was breakfast one morning.  The word "eggplant" comes from the description of the white variety of the genus Solanum, specifically Solanum ovigerum (top left). What we commonly refer to as eggplant is Solanum melongena or Aubergine as it is commonly called in British. The eggplant is a member of the family of nightshades or Solanaceae which includes a variety of trees, shrubs and herbs, so diverse it includes some psychoactive and toxic plants such as daturas. Solanaceae includes eggplants, chili peppers, bell peppers, tomatoes, potatoes, daturas, petunias, brugmansias and mandrakes among 98 genera and over 2,700 species. 


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