Eggplant (Solanum melongena)
Eggplant are perennial plants that are cultivated as annuals in colder climates. They are members of the Tomato family. Eggplant produce very attractive purple (or white) flowers.
They have a complex flavour when eaten on their own, and they readily absorb the flavours of whatever they are cooked with.
They are tough to grow in northern climates, especially if they are grown outdoors. This often results in a small crop of golf ball sized fruit. Your best bet is to try growing them in containers (or beds) inside of a greenhouse.