Eggplant (Solanum melongena) is a very popular and versatile ingredient in a variety of cuisines. The vegetable is believed to have originated in India. In South Africa and parts of Asia, eggplants are referred to as “brinjal.” In the UK and Ireland, they are called “aubergine.”

Eggplants are a member of the Solanaceae family, also known as nightshades. Other common nightshades are tomatoes, peppers, and potatoes. While these veggies are nutrient-dense, some people avoid them because they may cause inflammation, especially in those with certain types of inflammatory conditions, such as arthritis or psoriasis.

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