The wild eggplant is spiny having bitter fruits and originated in the region of India and Pakistan. It was domesticated in the regions of Assam and Burma over 4000 years ago. The species name "melongena" is an ancient Sanskrit word for eggplant. Trade brought it to China where it was a favorite of the Emporers, and has been grown since around 500 BC. It migrated to Africa and Europe through Arabia and Persia. Arabic records show eggplant as being immensely popular from the early 9th Century onwards.
The Spanish Moors introduced eggplant to Southern and Eastern Europe where it gained popularity from Spain northwards. The Spanish introduced it to Central America in the 1500s, but it did not gain popularity in America until the 1800s, when Thomas Jefferson introduced a white, prickly skinned variety in 1806 from a friend in France.
Approx 50 seeds per pack.
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