Remember in “The Wizard Of Oz” when Dorothy and friends got to the Emerald City, they saw a “horse of a different color”? Wasn’t it purple?
So it doesn’t seem all that unusual that we could have a potato of a different color, and purple seems just fine then, doesn’t it?
And this is even better than in the movies, because these purple potatoes are real, and we’ve discovered that they are also really delicious and nutritious as well.
Here are some of the things we’ve learned about purple potatoes:
As we know, the bright colors of fruits and vegetables is often an indication of a high level of antioxidants within those foods.
The same is true for the purple potatoes, as they are believed to contain two or three times the level of antioxidants found in white or yellow potatoes.
Purple potatoes are high in the antioxidants anthocyanins, as well as Vitamin C and selenium.
A serving of purple potatoes cooked with the skin on also provides a healthy dose of Vitamin B6 and copper.
And here’s a fun nutrition fact about these potatoes of a different color. These purple spuds actually contain more potassium than bananas do.
Adding purple potatoes to your diet can help lower your blood pressure and may even help reduce your risk of certain cancers including skin cancer.
Eating purple potatoes cooked with the skin on is also a good and tasty way to add more fiber into your diet and promote better gut health, which we seem to be hearing so much about these days.
If you can find purple potatoes in your local market, give them a try.
We think you’ll enjoy having potatoes of a different color on your plate for a change.