22+ Blue & Purple Vegetables with Benefits

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Blue and purple vegetables are rare in nature and finding one that is truly blue is really hard. Although there are several veggies that seem to be blue, they are actually shades of purple thanks to the combination of anthocyanins (which are blue) and carotins (which are red).

Not only that, according to experts, the type of color and pigment anthocyanins create depends on their quantity and the pH inside the plant tissue. Luckily, I have discovered quite a list of vegetables that are various shades of blue and purple.

LIST OF BLUE & PURPLE VEGETABLES

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VEGETABLE

COLOR LOCATION

1.

Purple Cabbage

Inside-Out Blue/Purple

2.

Potatoes with Purple Flesh

Inside-Out Blue/Purple

3.

Black Olives

Inside-Out Blue/Purple

4.

Purple Carrots

Inside-Out Blue/Purple

5.

Blue Carrots

Inside-Out Blue/Purple

6.

Black Carrots

Inside-Out Blue/Purple

7.

Purple Tomatoes

Inside-Out Blue/Purple

8.

Blueish/Purple Sweet Potato

Inside-Out Blue/Purple

9.

Blue Corn

Inside-Out Blue/Purple

10.

Purple Corn

Inside-Out Blue/Purple

11.

Purple Onions

Inside-Out Blue/Purple

12.

Adirondack Blue Potato

Inside-Out Blue/Purple

13.

Blue/Purple Chili Peppers

Outside Blue/Purple

14.

Black Chili Peppers

Outside Blue/Purple

15.

Blue/Purple Kale

Outside Blue/Purple

16.

Blue/Purple Broccoli

Outside Blue/Purple

17.

Black/Blue Tomatoes

Outside Blue Purple

18.

Purple Asparagus

Outside Blue/Purple

19.

Purple Bell Peppers

Outside Blue/Purple

20.

Black Salsify

Outside Blue/Purple

21.

Purple Belgian Endive

Outside Blue/Purple

22.

Eggplant

Outside Blue/Purple

IMAGE GALLERY OF BLUE & PURPLE VEGETABLES

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PURPLE CABBAGE

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PURPLE POTATOES

black olives-min

BLACK OLIVES

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PURPLE CARROTS
BLUE CARROTS

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BLACK CARROTS

purple tomatoes-min

PURPLE TOMATOES

batata-min

BLUEISH/PURPLE SWEET POTATO

blue corn-min

BLUE CORN

purple corn-min

PURPLE CORN

purple onions-min

PURPLE ONIONS

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ADIRONDACK BLUE POTATO

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BLUE/PURPLE CHILI PEPPERS

purple bell pepper-min

PURPLE BELL PEPPERS

black chili peppers-min

BLACK CHILI PEPPERS

purple kale-min

BLUE/PURPLE KALE

purple broccoli-min

BLUE/PURPLE BROCCOLI

black tomato-min

BLACK/BLUE TOMATOES

purple asparagus-min

PURPLE ASPARAGUS

black salsify-min

BLACK SALSIFY

radicchio-min

PURPLE BELGIAN ENDIVE

eggplant-min

EGGPLANT

BENEFITS OF BLUE & PURPLE VEGETABLES FOR YOUR BODY

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Blue and purple vegetables are amazing for your health. Not only are these rich in dietary fiber, they also include various pigments that provide many health benefits as these substances exhibit potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

More precisely, there are several active substances in purple vegetables that promote better health:

  • Lutein & Zeaxanthin (carotenoids)
  • Anthocyanins
  • Vitamin C
  • Quercetin

Each one of these substances provides special health benefits for your body and I am going to analyze them in the paragraphs below.

LUTEIN & ZEAXANTHIN (CAROTENOIDS)

Carotenoids, in general, are very potent antioxidants that protect your body from harmful free radicals. Usually, these substances are connected with these benefits:

As you can see, there are many benefits of carotenoids that are widely available in the veggies you eat.

ANTHOCYANINS

These substances provide several benefits for your body:

  1. Help fight inflammation
  2. Help to lower LDL cholesterol (which is the “bad” cholesterol)
  3. Support eye health, specifically the health of the retina
  4. Help to boost the immune system
  5. Act as anticarcinogens (battles cancer-causing cells) especially throughout the digestive tract
  6. Reduce tumor growth
  7. Limit the activity of cancer cells throughout the body
  8. Help to reduce effects of Alzheimer´s disease
  9. Help protect your liver against alcohol damage

To my surprise, there have been conducted many research studies that have been dealing with anthocyanins. Just a quick online search will provide you with a lot of material to study.

VITAMIN C

Vitamin C is a well-known substance. Vitamin C is a very potent antioxidant that protects your body from harmful free radicals.

Also, it is connected with these benefits:

You can find vitamin C mostly in chili peppers, and broccoli. However, you can find it also in red fruits such as strawberries, raspberries, tomatoes, and papaya.

QUERCETIN

Quercetin is another flavonoid hidden inside brightly colored fruits and vegetables. Flavonoids, in general, have potent antioxidant properties and provide your body with these benefits:

As you can see, quercetin is a very potent substance that can help your body to function much better. It can be found most commonly in various types of peppers.

Just a girl obsessed with everything related to weight loss & feeling healthy. Christine is my pen name and I hope you will love the stuff I write. Been researching diets & health since 2013 and my articles helped over 12 000 000 readers to date. Please keep in mind that this site is for informational purposes only and that you always need to consult your decisions with your doctor.