The Benefits of Purple Potatoes

Purple Potato from Peru

Reduced from a photograph taken 28th January 2004 by Stephen Lea and released under the GFDL by the photographer.

I first encountered the purple potato while at a business conference. The buffet lunch provided included baked potatoes medley, which included these deep amethyst curiosities. Then, recently, I received a book to review called Whole Body Reboot, which introduced me to the health benefits of brightly colored foods, including the superfood that is the purple potato.

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.

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Carma Spence, The Own Your Awesome Mentor, loves to be the wind beneath her clients' wings. With Carma's Cookery, she is taking her passion for empowering people and blending it with her passion for cooking, gift-giving and entertaining. She has been experimenting in the kitchen since she was four years old and loves trying out new recipe ideas.