Baby eggplants are petite with varying shapes from short and stout to slightly elongated and narrow, averaging only 5-7 centimeters in length. They have a slight tapering towards the stem capped top or calyx, and their smooth skin is thin, ranging from shiny deep purple, bright white and lavender to green depending upon variety. Its tender flesh is cream colored with a subtly sweet flavor.
Baby eggplants are available year-round.
Baby eggplants, botanically classified as Solanum melongena, are a member of the nightshade family along with tomatoes and potatoes. The term “baby” in Baby eggplant refers to its petite size and not the maturity level of the eggplant. Baby eggplants are sometimes marketed as Indian eggplant and Patio eggplant, and there are other baby-sized varieties like Thai and Bambino hybrid eggplant.
Baby eggplants are an excellent source of dietary fiber which helps to maintain healthy cholesterol and blood sugar level in the body.