-Class 1: eggplants of similar varietal characteristics, except when specified as a mixed or specialty pack, which are well colored, firm, clean, well shaped, and which are free from decay and wormholes and free from injury caused by scars, freezing, disease, insects, or mechanical or other means.
-Class 2: eggplants of similar varietal characteristics, except when specified as a mixed or specialty pack, which are fairly well colored, firm, clean, fairly well shaped, and which are free from decay and wormholes and free from damage caused by scars, freezing, disease, insects, or mechanical or other means.
-Class 3: eggplants which are firm and which are free from decay and free from serious damage caused by freezing, disease, insects, or mechanical or other means.
-The size of eggplants may be specified in terms of count, minimum diameter, or a range in diameter in the container.
- U.S. Fancy or U.S. No. 1: grade shall be reasonably uniform in size, except when a range in diameter is specified.
*Similar varietal characteristics
-eggplants in any lot are similar in type, color, and character of growth.
-Eggplant is one the most economically important solanaceous crop with potato, tomato, pepper, and tobacco.
-Wild plantation found first in Indo-Burma region from 300 BC, China first has adopted Eggplant in (200 BC~ 300 BC)., then Eggplant reached Persia very early but the date is unknown.
-Eggplant was unknown by the ancient Greeks and Romans but spread throughout the Mediterranean Basin as a result of Muslim expansion in the 7th and 8th centuries.
-Eggplant is a warm-weather crop mostly cultivated in tropical and subtropical regions of the world., Although eggplant is a perennial, it is more commonly grown as an annual.
-Eggplant is a frost tender, heat loving, branching bushy plant with thick, woody stems. The green to grayish green leaves are large, lobed.
-There are many sizes and shapes of fruit, eggplant is an oval or pear-shaped, glossy, purplish fruit 10 ~ 20 cm long, with skin colors ranging from blackish purple to fluorescent purplish green to gold or white.some varieties produce bicolor or striped skin. The fruit has a dense, uniform and firm, white, sweet flesh.
-Most common species is the Large oval Eggplant, Elongated Eggplant, White eggplant.
-Start plants indoors in flats or peat pots 2 months before the soil warms up or buy nursery transplants just before planting, After planting, water well. Add a layer of mulch to retain moisture and suppress weeds.
-The fruit is eaten boiled, fried, or stuffed, while unripe fruits are used in curries or pickled. Young fruits are also eaten raw. It has several medicinal properties. The fruit is a source of calcium, phosphorus, iron, and vitamin B, Also play a role in beauty and make up industries.