I would like to share something with you, so you may be prepared to defend yourself if the occasion should ever arise. I was not prepared, and was viciously attacked and injured. But forewarned is forearmed, so listen up.
Eggplants have thorns.
Yes. They may look all smooth and innocent in the store, but in the wild, eggplants are brutal. They have sharp little thorns, like a rose, on the stem above the fruit. I was not aware of this until yesterday when I went to harvest the eggplants from the garden (look at us, all Mediterranean!) and received a puncture wound to my thumb that hurts at this very moment. Little shits.
So now you know. Should you ever have the need to subdue a wild eggplant, wear gloves. If I can save one person from an eggplant attack by sharing my experience, my pain will not have been in vain.
Be safe out there.