The first recorded use of eggplant as a color name in English was in 1915.
The pinkish-purple-grayish color shown in the color box as eggplant was introduced by Crayola in 1998.
Different varieties of eggplant may range from indigo to white (The term eggplant originated as a description of white colored eggplants because they look like eggs). Chinese eggplants are the same shape as a European eggplant, but are colored a dark violet color. Thai eggplants are small, round, and colored forest green.
"Eggplant" is a racist insult, particularly among Italians, in referring to black people, supposedly due to the similarity of Negroid skin color to the fruit's outer surface.