Eggplant (Solanum melongena) or aubergine is a species of nightshade grown for its edible fruit. Eggplant is the common name in North America, Australia and New Zealand; in British English, it is aubergine, and in South Asia and South Africa, brinjal. Whether you call it aubergine or eggplant, this is one of the best vegetables in the world. When cooked properly, it has such a creamy, dreamy texture and can soak up almost any flavour you put it with. And aubergine is such a versatile vegetable! You can use aubergine in everything from curry recipes to vegan recipes, in noodle dishes and salads, in dips and threaded on skewers.