Myth buster: Are purple vegetables really better for you?

by | Jan 24, 2017 | In the Garden, Recipes

Purple vegetables can be found in abundance these days.  Check with your local nursery to find a vast range of purple in both vegetables and herbs.  You can grow purple beans, beetroot, cabbage, potatoes, carrots, broccoli, eggplant and I’m sure there are plenty more.

Health benefits

The benefits of purple vegetables & herbs are many. In its nature, the rich dark purple/red colour contains health-promoting chemicals called anthocyanins which have amazing antioxidant properties.  At a cellular level it helps protect and heal cells, which is said to also help reduce the risk of cancer, stroke and heart disease.  Growing antioxidant-rich produce can not only maximize your families intake of nutrients, it will add vibrant colour to your veggie patch and plate.  The antioxidants may help remove toxins from your body, assist with healthy aging, and may improve overall memory.  All great reasons to add some purple to your life.

Purple produce

Purple beans

Similar to growing green beans, purple beans are pretty straight forward. This variety climbs really well and is very tasty straight off the plant.  Turning green when cooked, the purple bean might look different but it maintains an awesome flavour.

Purple Beans

Beetroot

A fabulous addition to a raw salad, boiled & peeled, or baked in the oven with your roast dinner.  Beetroot can grow all year and if you stagger your planting you will benefit from a continual supply.  Beetroot is really easy to grow under the right conditions and comes in a range of variants.  Rainbow beetroot raw in a salad or coleslaw is amazing!

  Beetroot

Purple cabbage

Grown all year round, cabbage is a valuable addition to your garden, you just need to keep your eye on it.  The Cabbage Moths love it and the humble caterpillar will have a feast if left undetected.  Cabbage is available in a range of variants, including this lovely purple cabbage.  You can’t go past coleslaw with a purple crunch.

Purple Cabbage

Purple potatoes

For years the starchy potato has made it to the plates of many families around the world.  The new improved version is said to deliver 4 times more antioxidants.  With a bit of room and loose soil, potatoes grow really well underground.  Especially if you take the time to master them.

Purple Potatoes

Purple carrots

Adding so much colour to a meal already, the purple carrot is bursting with even more nutrients.  An orange and purple contrast will work amazing on a plate, so you should allow room for both in your veggie patch.  Carrots grow best in cooler months, and they need loose soil to grow straight down.  They taste so much better when grown at home.  You’ll never buy them again once you taste them straight out of your garden.

Purple Carrots

Purple cauliflower

The complete opposite of the standard white head, the purple cauliflower looks amazing in a winter garden.  It grows best over the colder months and is pretty straight forward to grow.  Used in so many meals, cauliflower is fast becoming a healthier option to rice and low-nutrient carbs.

Purple Cauliflower

Eggplant

Making its way to many dishes, eggplant is used in stir-fries, slow cookers, pan-fried, even layered in a veggie pie.  The list goes on and on.  Harvested during the warmer months, eggplant loves the sun, and is a relatively easy plant to grow.  It can burn in the hot sun, so keep the water up.

Eggplant

Purple produce definitely packs more nutrient punch in your meals.  It’s a fun option to grow purple and you never know, kids might actually eat more vegetables if they’re purple. Choose purple vegetables next time you’re at the nursery or supermarket.

 

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