Eggplant (color)

Eggplants are dark purple or brownish purple in color, similar to the color of the outer skin of European eggplants. Another name for the colorful eggplant is aubergine (the word for aubergine in French, German and British English). The first recorded use of eggplant as a color name in English was in 1915. The pink-purple-gray color, referred to on the color chart as eggplant, was introduced by Crayola in 1998. Different eggplant cultivars can range from indigo to white (the term eggplant is originally a description of eggplants, which are white in color because they look like eggs). Chinese eggplants are the same shape as European eggplants but are deep purple in color. Thai eggplants are small, round, and forest-green in color. Purple is a more commonly used term.