Eat Purple Things!

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    Dec 24, 2013 6:19 PM GMT
    Nutritionist Jo Robinson on "Science Today" on NPR says that naturally-occurring purple foods are the highest in nutrients. Something I didn't know: all carrots used to be purple:

    "FLATOW: This is SCIENCE FRIDAY. I'm Ira Flatow. We're talking this hour about how to get the most nutrients out of your fruits and vegetables with Jo Robinson, author of "Eating On the Wild Side." What about carrots, the color of carrots? How the carrots have changed over the years? Talk about that, if you will.

    ROBINSON: Yeah. This is another example of how unwittingly we've worked against our health benefits by the way we've bred fruits and vegetables. So originally, carrots were purple, red or in some cases yellow, and about 400 years ago in the Netherlands, this group of really patriotic plant breeders decided that they wanted to honor this political house called the House of Orange that had protected the Netherlands from Spanish marauders.

    And so they crossed a red carrot with a yellow carrot from Africa that was actually a mutant carrot to come up with orange. And they were such great promoters of carrots, as they were of tulip bulbs, that it wasn't long before people the world over were eating primarily orange carrots. And only now do we know that those original purple carrots have 16 times more antioxidants than the orange ones in the store."

    http://www.npr.org/2013/11/29/247381664/eating-wilder-foods-for-a-healthier-diet
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    Dec 24, 2013 6:24 PM GMT


    There a heritage specimen of potatoe our neighbours grow which is purple on the inside.
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    Dec 24, 2013 6:26 PM GMT
    meninlove said

    There a heritage specimen of potatoe our neighbours grow which is purple on the inside.

    I bet those make very pretty mashed potatoes or french fries. Weird-looking for au gratin, though.
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    Dec 24, 2013 6:27 PM GMT
    meninlove said

    There a heritage specimen of potatoe our neighbours grow which is purple on the inside.
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    Is that a type of sweet potato or yamicon_question.gif
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    Dec 24, 2013 6:52 PM GMT
    "Eat it, beyotch!"

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    Dec 24, 2013 7:21 PM GMT
    Hmm... and I have all the seed catalogs spread out on the coffee table.

    Last year, I grew purple tomatillos and green tomatoes. Had backwards salsa all summer.

    er... BTW, a lot of those purple pigments will turn sickly yellow if the pH changes.
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    Dec 24, 2013 7:38 PM GMT
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    Dec 24, 2013 7:50 PM GMT
    I love purple sprouting broccoli
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    Dec 24, 2013 7:55 PM GMT
    Eat this guy too. He'll love it.
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    Dec 24, 2013 8:01 PM GMT
    roadbikeRob said
    meninlove said

    There a heritage specimen of potatoe our neighbours grow which is purple on the inside.
    Russian-Blue-Potatoes.jpg
    Is that a type of sweet potato or yamicon_question.gif


    They're like Russet potatoes. We're growing these:

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    Like a blueberry but much more potent.
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    Dec 24, 2013 8:02 PM GMT
    I'm dubious of simplistic solutions, like color in this case, or using other single criteria.

    When my husband had his first visit with his new cardiologist, this doctor told him he should go on a vegetarian diet. In a rather patronizing suggestion, that implied my husband couldn't understand what vegetarian meant, he said:

    "A rule of thumb is to eat nothing that has a face."

    I was sitting there, and promptly asked the doctor: "He can't eat anything with a face? What if I put a paper bag over my head?"

    The stunned expressions on the faces of my husband and his doctor were priceless.

    I'm all for eating healthy, but skeptical of overly simple approaches. And in this case, do purple carrots really exist? Anyone seen them?
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    Dec 24, 2013 8:03 PM GMT
    ART_DECO saidI'm dubious of simplistic solutions, like color in this case, or using other single criteria.

    When my husband has his first visit with his new cardiologist, this doctor told him he should go on a vegetarian diet. In a rather patronizing suggestion, that implied my husband couldn't understand what vegetarian meant, he said:

    "A rule of thumb is to eat nothing that has a face."

    I was sitting there, and promptly asked the doctor: "He can't eat anything with a face? What if I put a paper bag over my head?"

    The stunned expressions on the faces of my husband and his doctor were priceless.



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