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Why Eat Purple Vegetables & Fruits?

I spent 22 years in the nursing profession. I enjoy writing, reading historical novels, gardening, and helping people live a healthier life.

Purple Cabbage

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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.

Blue Berries

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Grapes

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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.

Purple Pepper

Purple Pepper source serious seats

Purple Pepper source serious seats

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.

Beets

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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.

Benefits of eating more purple vegetables and fruits

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.

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 and steaming the ones you can is best. Also adding a little lemon juice or vinegar to the vegetables during cooking may help to produce a prettier final product.

Eating them raw is ideal.

Purple Vegetables: 3 Healthy & Delicious Recipes

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.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

Comments

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on August 17, 2012:

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

Life Under Construction from Neverland on August 16, 2012:

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

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on June 24, 2011:

andrebreynolds, I appreciate your comments.

andrebreynolds on June 23, 2011:

This is very informative hub, thanks for sharing.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on June 01, 2011:

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

toknowinfo on June 01, 2011:

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

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on May 23, 2011:

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

Albert Street from Northern USA on May 22, 2011:

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.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on May 19, 2011:

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

Miss Lil' Atlanta from Atlanta, GA on May 19, 2011:

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.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on May 09, 2011:

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

James A Watkins from Chicago on May 09, 2011:

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

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on May 09, 2011:

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

Beverly Stevens from College Station on May 08, 2011:

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

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on May 07, 2011:

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

Susan Hazelton from Sunny Florida on May 07, 2011:

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.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on May 06, 2011:

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

Hello, hello, from London, UK on May 05, 2011:

Thank you for such great advice.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on May 04, 2011:

violalanders, I appreciate your comment.

violalanders on May 04, 2011:

This is useful to everyone love it.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on May 02, 2011:

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.

RTalloni on May 02, 2011:

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! :)

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on May 02, 2011:

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.

RTalloni on May 02, 2011:

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!

HealthyHanna from Utah on May 01, 2011:

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.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on May 01, 2011:

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

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on May 01, 2011:

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

mdlawyer on May 01, 2011:

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

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on May 01, 2011:

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.

rpalulis from NY on May 01, 2011:

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

drbj and sherry from south Florida on May 01, 2011:

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.

Steph Harris from Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom on May 01, 2011:

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.

The Frog Prince from Arlington, TX on May 01, 2011:

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

The Frog

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on May 01, 2011:

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

Tony L Smith from Macon on May 01, 2011:

awesome, I'm printing it.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on May 01, 2011:

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.

wibowo30 on April 30, 2011:

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Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on April 30, 2011:

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.

Nell Rose from England on April 30, 2011:

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

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on April 30, 2011:

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.

Enlydia Listener from trailer in the country on April 30, 2011:

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

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on April 30, 2011:

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.

breakfastpop on April 30, 2011:

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

James W. Nelson from eastern North Dakota on April 30, 2011:

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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