Aubergine is in the Solanes family of plant which also includes peppers, potatoes and tomatoes. This group of foods is also commonly known as "Nightshades".
In Europe we know this vegetable as Aubergine, in the US and Australia it is known as eggplant and in Asia it is more commonly called brinjal.
The key allergen in aubergine is Sola m 1 which is a profilin protein. This group of proteins are responsible for growth and maintenance in the outer part of the plant. Profilins are the proteins responsible for airway allergies to birch, grass and other pollens.
Aubergine allergy has been loosely linked to Pollen Food Allergy Syndrome. You may have Pollen-Food Allergy Syndrome if you suffer from oral allergy symptoms to 3 or more of the foods mentioned in cross reactivity section.
If sensitised to Grass pollen you may also react to Melon, Watermelon, Tomatoes, Oranges, Potatoes and Peanuts.