Eggplant Parmesan

Eggplant: Is it an egg? Is it a plant? I think that was a Seinfeld comment.  Though I may be wrong  on that, but it illustrates the love/hate history of the eggplant. I vaguely remember Mom making eggplant very occasionally. I suspect it was a Lenten meal and pretty basic. I’m picturing broiled lengthwise planks…