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May 16, 2019
What’s behind all the purple fruits and veggies?

So, I will begin this diary by telling you how I ended up writing it…In the office, we have a calendar which states all the world days celebrated around the world and we check it out every day. Much to our surprise, we saw a day coming up that was different than all the others. A day when people are challenged to wear purple in order to “protest” for peace. This is none other than the “Wear Purple for Peace Day” which is celebrated every year on 16 May! Suddenly, I came up with this thought: Apart from dressing in purple, we can -if we want- eat…purple! I couldn’t have found a better time to talk to you about the power (and also the flavor!) that purple fruits and vegetables are hiding!

Therefore, I started writing this diary right here. Its goal? To fill you with reasons -but most of all with delicious ideas!- why you should have…purple in your kitchen, not only in its savory but also in its sweet version. So, for starters, I thought of sharing this flavorful Peruvian purple potato soup with you!

Peruvian purple potato soup by the Greek chef Akis Petretzikis

My next thought? To talk to you a little bit about these fruits and vegetables. Have you ever wondered what is it that gives them this particular color (and all the similar shades)? I will answer right away with only two words: phenols and anthocyanins. These are some of the main natural coloring agents responsible for this dark purple, blue, and reddish color of several fruits and vegetables, but also for their strong antioxidant action.

In fact, the latter is well-known for the power it has to protect our body from the free radicals and, in combination with the other nutrients, it makes the value of certain foods even greater. Foods that -among other things- boost our immune system, make digestion easier, and lower bad cholesterol levels. Which are, though, some of these other nutrients? Vitamin C, lutein, zeaxanthin, resveratrol, fibers, and many more which, even if I mention them, you won’t be able to remember within the next few minutes. What you have to remember is that all these fruits and vegetables, regardless of their color, boost our bodies with valuable vitamins, minerals, and trace elements which make us healthy, enhance our well-being, and boost our energy levels. So, all you have to do is make them a part of your lives by consuming at least 5 portions daily.

Consuming them fresh is the ideal choice if you want take full advantage of their nutrients. However, I have prepared for you a few amazing recipes that are definitely worth trying. Their common characteristic? As you probably imagine, they are all made with purple fruits and vegetables! :-)

Akis

 

No bake prune bars

No bake prune bars by the Greek chef Akis Petretzikis

Learn more about prunes, here.

Red and white cabbage salad with carameilzed nuts

Red and white cabbage salad with caramelized nuts by the Greek chef Akis Petretzikis

Learn more about cabbage, here.

Roasted eggplant soup

Roasted eggplant soup by the Greek chef Akis Petretzikis

Learn more about eggplant, here.

Figs in a sweet wine chocolate sauce

Figs in a sweet wine chocolate sauce by the Greek chef Akis Petretzikis

Learn more about figs, here.

Grape and feta cheese pizza

Grape and feta cheese pizza by the Greek chef Akis Petretzikis

Learn more about grapes, here.

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