There are many shapes, sizes and colors of eggplant. They may be green, purple, white striped with red or lavender. The Asian varieties are slender and elongated while the North American and European varieties are oval and elongated.
Compared to the familiar American eggplant, Chinese eggplant are long and cylindrical with blushing pink thin skin,. They have delicate flavor, creamy texture and not as many seeds that tend to make eggplants bitter.
Listada di Gandia is one of the most beautiful eggplants. A specialty purple striped Italian heirloom variety with a classic egg shape. They are tender, smooth and creamy with a thinner skin than most Italian varieties.