Eggplant also known as ‘Brinjal, Aubergine in Italy, Baigan/Begun in India’ is a shiny thick skinned vegetable. Most common ones are purple colored but also light red, yellow and white varieties are available. Mostly eaten as fried, roasted and cooked. Buy only hard, shiny and without any blemishes and store in freezer bags in refrigerators up to 3 to 4 days. Eggplants have low energy value — about 10 calories per oz.