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Indian round eggplant is a tropical perennial and is considered a half-hardy annual when cultivated in temperate climates. In the field they can grow from 40 to 150 cm tall, with large, coarsely lobed leaves. Eggplant has been cultivated in southern and eastern Asia for millennia and is a member of the Solenaceae family, closely related to tomatoes and peppers. Indian round eggplant, also sometimes referred to as baby eggplant in North America, have a diameter of 4.4 to 5.7 cm and the fruit colour can range from dark and light purple to white, brown or green. Indian round eggplant are often used in Indian, Thai and Sri Lankan dishes.

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