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A plant species of the genus SOLANUM, family SOLANACEAE. The fruit is a large, egg-shaped berry, varying in color from dark purple to red, yellowish, or white. The leaves are large and ovate. The flowers are pendant, violet, and two inches across. Source: National Library of Medicine, MeSH 2006

The cultivated Eggplant, Solanum melongena, is a species of considerable economic importance in many tropical and subtropical parts of the world (1). Eggplant is native to India or Africa. It spread eastward clear to Japan, and was introduced to Europe as early as the 13th century AD. From there it spread early to North and South America. The most important countries of production are China, Turkey, Japan, Egypt and Syria. It is often called "the poor man's meat", as it is rich in nutrients.

Aubergine can induce symptoms of food allergy in sensitised individuals. But food allergy to ingesting the fruit of this plant is uncommon; reactions have been attributed to cross-reactivity with Tomato and grass pollen allergens in 1 individual, and with Parietaria pollen allergen in 5 cases Copyright Copyright © 2006 Phadia AB. Source: ImmunoCap, ImmunoCap

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Eggplant (Solanum melongena)
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zh-CN Chinese (China) 茄子
Synonyms: 昆仑瓜;茄;茄属;茄科;酪酥
fr-CA French (Canada) Solanum melongena
et-EE Estonian (Estonia) Baklažaan
es-ES Spanish (Spain) Berenjena (Solanum melongena)
it-IT Italian (Italy) Solanum melongena
Synonyms: Melanzana (Solanum melongena)
tr-TR Turkish (Turkey) Solanum melongena
ru-RU Russian (Russian Federation) Solanum melongena
Synonyms: Баклажан (Solanum melongena);Паслён темноплодный
nl-NL Dutch (Netherlands) Solanum melongena
Synonyms: aubergine; eierplant; eiervrucht
fr-BE French (Belgium) Solanum melongena
Synonyms: Aubergine, Rf262