Eggplants are valued for their taste as well as antioxidant and micronutrient contents. The Gboma eggplant (Solanum macrocarpon) is native to tropical Africa. It is grown today for its leaves and fruits in West, East and Central Africa, Suriname and the Caribbean. The scarlet eggplant (S. aethiopicum) is native to Africa as well, and is now also cultivated in tropical South America and the Caribbean.
Genesys records about 5,300 eggplant germplasm accessions, with a third being landraces. Approximately 3,000 accessions are held by the World Vegetable Center, followed by the 1,000 accessions held in The Netherlands by the Centre for Genetic Resources and the University of Nijmegen.
More information on eggplant collections can be found in the global inventory.