This week’s featured recipe comes from that book, and inspired me to research what benefits this root vegetable has for us.
The purple color is courtesy of anthocyanin, a flavonoid that has been shown in studies to have anti-cancer and heart-protective effects, the ability to boost the immune system and protect against age-related memory loss. Anthoscyanins may also reduce the risk of Parkinson’s and improve eyesight.
Purple potatoes provide a healthy dose of antioxidants — 4 times as much antioxidants as Russet potatoes and levels equal to kale and spinach — which also help with age-related issues.
What can you do with a purple potato? Pretty much anything you can do with any other type of potato! You can make:
- Purple potato salad
- Purple hash browns
- Country fried purple potatoes
- Purple mashed potatoes
The list goes on and on. The only caveat I’d add is that you want to be sure that when you serve it, people know what they’re getting into. The color of food affects people’s reactions to it, so don’t surprise someone with an odd-colored food that might put them off.