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Native to India, also know as the Eggplant (Solanum melongena). It is a plant species in the nightshade family Solanaceae grown for its often purple edible fruit.
It is best to sow aubergines indoors about 8 weeks before transplanting outside. Start inside 3-4 weeks before the last frost and then transplant outside 4-6 weeks after the last frost into a warm and sunny location.
Aubergines are capable of cross-pollination so for seed saving grow only one variety to ensure purity. Flowers are self and insect pollinated.