Purple is more than a cool color for 7 year old girls, it's more than a fashion trend, it is a game changer in the food world!
Anthocyanin is responsible for the glorious purple color of fruits and vegetables. Most common purple foods are blueberries, blackberries, plums, purple grapes, and purple cabbage. As the purple food trend is becoming more popular you are seeing more and more purple foods like purple carrots, purple asparagus, purple beans, purple kale, and purple potatoes. Studies have shown that purple foods possess anti-cancer properties, protection against heart disease, and diabetes. They are great immunity boosting foods and show potential for protection against age related memory loss.
Let's focus on the most royal of all purple foods: purple potatoes, the food of gods! 7000 years ago these jeweled gems were reserved exclusively for Incan kings.
Native to Peru, purple potatoes have 4 times the antioxidant potential than other potatoes. Purple potatoes score as high as brussel sprouts, kale and spinach on the antioxidant power scale. They are nutrient rich packed with potassium, vitamin C, folic acid, and iron.
Best of all, they are delicious, earthy and sweet like a yam, but better. You should be able to find them at your local grocery store or farmers market. Try them in this Smokey Kebab Recipe or simply wash, chop in half, toss with olive oil, salt and pepper and roast in the oven @ 400 for 25 minutes.
If I could only eat one color every day, I would eat purple. How about you?