History and Facts:
Eggplant is an annual plant of the potato family. The Chinese and Arabs grew eggplant as early as the ninth century. British traders brought eggplant to the London market from West Africa in the 17th century, calling it "guinea squash." It was brought to America during the same century and by the early 1800s was being grown for use as an ornament.

Nutritional Value:
Eggplant is very low in sodium, low in calories, and is a good source of potassium and dietary fiber.

Eggplant should be stored at temperatures between 46 and 54 degrees fahrenheit, with a relative humidity of 90 to 95 percent. Eggplants will become soft and wrinkled if left at room temperature for several days. Handle with care as eggplants bruise easily.

September through June

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