This study determined if Solanum melongena L. (eggplant) has an antifungal property. Extracts from the roots, leaves and fruits of the long-fruited eggplant variety were tested on cultures of Trichophyton mentagrophytes, the fungi responsible for athleteâ€™s foot and ringworm. Samples of the fungi were cultured in SDA media and treated with two ml of eggplant extracts in an interval of 12 hours. Macroscopic and microscopic observations were made to ascertain the inhibitory ability of the eggplant extracts.
The findings revealed that extracts from the fruits of Solanum melongena L. can inhibit the growth of Trichophyton mentagrophytes. This implies that Solanum melongana L. has an antifungal property.