Eggplants are a type of nightshade. This family of flowering plants gets their name for their ability to grow in the shade. Other examples of nightshades include bell peppers, white potatoes, petunias, and more. 

Botanically eggplant is classified as a berry, but it is consumed and widely recognized as a vegetable. Eggplant is a widely grown in home gardens in the United States, however, there are less than 7,000 total acres in eggplant production annually.China and India produce the majority of eggplant worldwide.