Why Eat Purple Vegetables & Fruits?

Importance of Flavonoids

Many diet plans include purple and blue vegetables and fruit, which are loaded with flavonoids. Interestingly enough purple has always represented luxury, sophistication and royalty, and when it comes to food it represents outstanding healthy nutrition. The blue and purple food is only healthy if it's natural, which means not artificially colored. Diets that include the colorful vegetables are lower in a calories, which is a real plus as they are healthy chooses.

Purple Cabbage

Purple Cabbage source Wickemedia
Purple Cabbage source Wickemedia

Blue Berries

source gardenphotos
source gardenphotos

Flavonoids Benefits

Flavonoids are the most abundant and powerful of all the phytochemicals contained in the foods we eat.Flavonoids have many categories with one group that makes our blood vessels healthier which helps the cardiovascular system and lowers our risk of heart disease. They are also beneficial for short-term memory loss associated with aging. Also, they help improve her motor skills, which we use to perform large movements like walking and sitting as well as the delicate movements of our hands, wrists, fingers and toes. One of their most important functions is to help prevent cancer and also they slow the first stages of cancer development.

Grapes

Purple Grapes source wallpaperprimer
Purple Grapes source wallpaperprimer

Healthy Purple Vegetables

There seems to be more purple vegetables available every time I go to the store. Over the past few years we have seen cauliflower, potatoes, carrots, snap beans, cabbage and pepper all in purple, to name just a few. This certainly isn’t the way vegetables looked a couple of decades ago.

Some of the best blue/purple food is found in fruit, such as blackberries, blueberries, dried plums/prunes, raisins, purple cabbage, a plant, and purple potatoes. It is easy to add these items to any diet plan that you can mix frozen blueberries with oatmeal or top a salad with raisins or shoe purple potatoes and roast them for a side dish to a meal.

Egg Plant

Eggplant source tasteslikehome
Eggplant source tasteslikehome

Purple Vegetables

Eggplant is the quintessential purple vegetable. It is a member of the tomato family; eggplant easy to grow, as well as, its pepper and tomato cousins. Eggplant varieties range from purple, violet to white. If harvested too late eggplant can be tough with large chewy seeds. One new variety gives us plenty of opportunity to pick eggplant at the peak of purple perfection. The eggplant variety called ‘Hansel’ is a 2008, All America Selections winner. Carrot 'Purple Haze' is a 2006, All America Selections winner. At 7-8 inches long the ‘Purple Haze’ carrot provides many slices for a savory sight in a salad.

If you are tired of white cauliflower, then try purple. Try the deep purple of 'Violet Queen' with its open broccoli-like heads. Also, there is the 'Garffiti' cauliflower, which has an intense purple heads. Both look very attractive when served on a raw vegetable platter. 'Purple Passion' asparagus is reported to be sweeter and more tender than green asparagus.

Purple Pepper

Purple Pepper source serious seats
Purple Pepper source serious seats

Small Purple Potatoes

Purple potatoes source rhazvita
Purple potatoes source rhazvita

More Purple Choices-Healthy Diet

There is no way of knowing when purple potatoes were first grown since there are many purple potato varieties, but we know Peru developed numerous varieties over several years.

They potatoes contain the same antioxidants found in blueberries- anthocyanin, which gives blueberries their blue color and purple potatoes their purple color. The color that anthocyanin takes is based upon the pH. A purple potato is a kind of potato that has purple skin and or flesh (sometimes called blue) with varieties being Purple Peruvian, Davis Purple, Eureka Purple, Fenton Blue, Purple Mountain, Blue Tomcat etc.

The beet is a plant that is known in its numerous cultivated varieties. They are a tasty purple root vegetable known as the beetroot or garden beet. However, other cultivated varieties include the leaf vegetables Swiss chard and spinach beet, as well as, the root vegetables sugar beet, which is important in the production of sugar.

The deep purple pods of 'Purple Queen' snap bean or the ‘Royal Burgundy” also are easy can be used raw in salads to show off the deep purple at its best.

The beet is a plant that is known in its numerous cultivated varieties. They are a tasty purple root vegetable known as the beetroot or garden beet. However, other cultivated varieties include the leaf vegetables Swiss chard and sugar beet, as well as, the root vegetables sugar beet, which is important in the production of sugar.

Our search for purple vegetables also includes 'Early Purple Vienna' kohlrabi with its deep purple skin and white flesh, deep purple scallions, purple salad greens, and purple tomatoes.

Beets

Beets source runnerviews
Beets source runnerviews

Lavendar

Lavender source common wickimedia
Lavender source common wickimedia

Purple Basil and Lavender

Purple basil is as lovely in the garden as it is on the plate. Numerous varieties of purple basil are available including: 'Ararat' (mottled green and purple); 'Dark Opal', 'Osmin Purple'; 'Red Rubin'; and 'Purple Ruffles'. Purple basil contains vitamin C, A and calcium, which makes it good for hair, skin and eyes.

Lavender is associated with increasing blood circulation and reducing insomnia, anxiety, migraines and depression as well as treating skin ailments such as psoriasis, acne, wrinkles, cuts and burns. Lavender essential oil also has both antifungal and antiseptic properties. Lavender is a fragrant flower to grow that is very beautiful.

Purple Basil

Purple Basil source recipes review
Purple Basil source recipes review

Proper Cooking

Unfortunately the purple color fades to green during cooking of most vegetables. To retain as much nutrition and color, don't overcook vegetables. Also adding a little lemon juice or vinegar to the vegetables during cooking may help to produce a prettier final product.

In conclusion

Purple foods help your body in numerous ways including prevention of premature aging, help reduce the risk of cancer and protect your heart.

Blue and purple fruits and vegetables will surely aid you by good health nutrition. Healthy foods make a big difference in preventing disease and in your general daily activity. They are great for weight loss diets and should be added to any weight loss plan. They are tasty and easily available in most all grocery stores and produce markets.

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SubRon7 5 years ago from eastern North Dakota

Pamela99, beautiful hub. I'm an avid gardener but have never, purposefully, attempted to raise or even try purple vegies. Now I will. Thank you and thanks for the follow.


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breakfastpop 5 years ago

I am off to the supermarket t get my share of purple vegetables! Thanks, Pamela. Up and useful.


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I have not seen many of these purple vegetables such as purple peppers (I feel a poem coming on) and purple potatoes. Interesting and I will have to start looking for these. Excellent hub.

Up and useful.


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Enlydia Listener 5 years ago from trailer in the country

Purple is a royal color...great helpful hub!


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

SunRon, I'm glad we've opened a new door for your. Thanks for your comments.

POP, I hope you had a purple shopping day. Thanks for the comment.

Susan, I sure hope your market carries these items. I appreciate the comment.

Enylydia Listener, Thanks for your comments.


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

Hi, did you know that carrots were purple originally? I also love basil, it is great on grilled tomato, it brings out the taste lovely! cheers nell


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

Nell Rose, No, I didn't know that. I know they have carrots that are orange on the outside and orange on the insider. I am going to try the basil on the tomatoes. Thanks for your comments Nell.


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wibowo30 5 years ago

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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

wilbowo, I will certainly visit your new account. I am always glad to see you on Hubpages. Thanks for your comments. God Bless you too.


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Tony L Smith 5 years ago from Macon

awesome, I'm printing it.


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

Tony, I'm glad this hub is helpful to you. Thanks for your comments.


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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX

I'm with you Pamela. I love fresh veggies and fruits of any color or variety. Thanks for more insight.

The Frog


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Steph Harris 5 years ago from Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom

Thank you Pamela for sharing such useful information, strangely enough I only bought an eggplant yesterday, I love them roasted, in the oven and then split and mashed with garlic to make a dip, a shame I have no other purple veggies to make my crudites.


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida

Makes a lot of sense, Pamela. I have always been fond of only one flavor in jelly beans and lifesavers - the purple ones. Guess now I should extend that affection to purple fruits and veggies, too. Thanks for the well-written reminders.


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rpalulis 5 years ago from NY

Pamela these photos look delicious! I am growing some purple carrots this year and some dark purple tomatoes, can't wait!


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

Frog Prince, I love vegetables too. Thanks for your comment.

Steph, I haven't ever made an eggplant dip but I bet that it is good. I will have to find a recipe. Thanks for your comments.

drbj, I'm glad you are going to try out some other purple food. I appreciate the comment.

rpalulis, That's really great that you are growing some purple carrots and dark purple tomatoes. I would love to do that. Thanks so much for your comment.


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mdlawyer 5 years ago

Hi Pamela, very informative discussion. Excellent dietary suggestions. Thanks for the share. VOTED UP! AND RATED AWESOME!!


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

mdlawyer, I am glad you enjoyed the hub and I appreciate your comments.


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

Purple potatoes are new to me. I love beets. I will now think purple when buying veggies. Thank you..Very informative hub..


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HealthyHanna 5 years ago from Utah

I know a diet that is call the "color" diet. It's base concept is to eat foods of different colors. It is a fun concept to staying healthy, especially with children. They love it. Purple is one that is hard for children -- until they find blueberries. Most children I know love blueberries.


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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

Thanks for a good reminder and resource on purple foods that are important for our health. I've never heard of the vienna kohlrabi before. I would like to link this to my flax seed: smart food for dieting hub if you have no objection Pamela. Thanks!


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

always exploring, I just found purple potatoes at the grocery store this year. They are small like the red or golden ones in a small bag. Thanks for your comment.

Hanna, I think blueberries are usually a favorite with everyone. That is a neat idea for a healthy diet. Thanks for your comments.

RTolloni, Of course, no objection and I will link yours also. I have no experience with Kohlrabi either. Thanks for the comments.


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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

Thanks Pamela. We like kohlrabi a lot, but have only seen the white. The Vienna kohlrabi will be a new experience for us--thanks to you! :)


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

RTolloni, I should try it. Kohlrabi is just not something I grew up with but I am always up for new things. Thanks for the comment.


violalanders 5 years ago

This is useful to everyone love it.


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

violalanders, I appreciate your comment.


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Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

Thank you for such great advice.


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

Hello, I'm glad you enjoyed the article and I appreciate your comments.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

Pamela, I think I might have to include more purple in my diet. My memory isn't what it used to be. I also didn't know there was such a thing as a purple pepper. It's rather pretty. Great hub.


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

KKGals, There are many new purple vegetables that weren't available a few years ago. Thanks so much for your comment.


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Beverly Stevens 5 years ago from College Station

So that's what's been keeping me young! Nice hub.


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

Beverly, Good for you! Thanks so much for your comments.


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James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

Thank you for this excellent and informative article. I love to include purple cabbage in my salads. For one thing, it is pretty.


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

James, I agree and like it also. Thanks for your comments.


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Miss Lil' Atlanta 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

I love purple vegetables and fruit. Personally, I go for eggplants, onions (although I prefer Vidalia onions), and I eat lots of grapes, and blueberries... although blueberries are blue lol, but some of them look more purple and indigo to me. :)

Also, I like how in this article you decided on covering why people should eat purple natural items opposed to the regular choice that people write about like green, orange, and etc...

Of course, those are important too, but I like how you covered the other subjects that people often times just don't get to read enough about.


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

Miss Lil Atlanta, Vidalia are delicious. I'm glad you enjoyed the hub and appreciate your comments.


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Albert Street 5 years ago from Northern USA

Thanks for the terrific education on nutrition!

I happen to love many of those fruits and vegetables.

That eggplant photo makes me want to make some Eggplant Parmesan.


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

Albert, I'm glad you enjoyed the hub and I appreciate your comments.


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toknowinfo 5 years ago

Great hub, filled with smart info and interesting facts. I learned so much from you. Thanks, Rated up and useful.


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

toknowinfo, I'm so glad you enjoyed the hub and I appreciate your comments.


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andrebreynolds 5 years ago

This is very informative hub, thanks for sharing.


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

andrebreynolds, I appreciate your comments.


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

wow! i just love the purple pepper!! i never seen purple pepper before, only red and green.


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States Author

unknown spy, Enjoy! They are all so healthy. Thanks for your comments.

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