Purple Potatoes

by | December 2, 2010 | nutrition

Last week I bought some purple potatoes from Sainsbury’s, and very interesting they are indeed!

They taste just like normal white potatoes, but they really are very purple.  I had mine mashed, and it looked a bit like someone had put food colouring into it.

But there is nothing artificial about the colour.  The potatoes are a naturally occurring variety, and the purple colour actually gives the potatoes extra health benefits.  Most people are aware that fruits and vegetables with a blue or purple hue are good for you (eg. blueberries, blackberries) and these are no different.  The colour is due to anthocyanins which are naturally occurring antioxidants which will help protect your cells from damage.  Similarly, red onions are also slightly more healthier than white onions.

Why not give them a go?  The ones in Sainsbury’s are called Albert Bartlett Purple Majesty.  It’s always nice to try something new!