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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Class: Magnoliopsida
Subclass: Asteridae
Order: Solanales
Family: Solanaceae
Genus: Solanum
Binomial name
Solanum melongena

The aubergine (also called eggplant) is a plant. Its fruit is eaten as a vegetable. The plant is in the Nightshade family of plants. It is related to the potato and tomato. Originally it comes from India and Sri Lanka.