The brinjal belongs to the Solanaceae or nightshade family, which also includes the potato, tomato and sweet pepper. The brinjal is a tender, bushy, erect plant that may live for more than a year but is cultivated as an annual. The plant thrives under relatively high temperatures with a long growing season and attains a height of 2 to 4 feet. A good quality brinjal is firm, heavy in relation to size, with a uniform dark rich purple color, and free from scars or cuts.
A wilted, shriveled, soft, or flabby eggplant will usually have a bitter or otherwise poor flavor. Worm injury can be seen on the surface and, if severe, will probably indicate excessive waste. Decay appears as dark brown spots on the surface and may progress rapidly.
You can make mouth watering Spicy Brinjal Curry.