Eggplant is a rather small plant growing up to 1.5 m high. Eggplant is classified as a herb because of its non-woody stem. The simple leaves are oblong to oval, slightly lobed and have an undersurface that is a paler green than the upper surface. Both leaves and stem are covered with fine hairs. The flowers sprout singly or in small clusters from the leaf axils.
Individual flowers are star-shaped, light purple in colour and have short stalks. The fruits are berries with many seeds. Fruits are either long or round and vary in colour according to the variety i.e white, orange, green, purple or black. Eggplant or Brinjal is a very low calorie vegetable and has healthy nutrition profile.