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Purple Foods List

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author image Gail Sessoms
Gail Sessoms, a grant writer and nonprofit consultant, writes about nonprofit, small business and personal finance issues. She volunteers as a court-appointed child advocate, has a background in social services and writes about issues important to families. Sessoms holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in liberal studies.
Purple Foods List
The American Cancer Society recommends eating fruits and vegetables of different colors. Photo Credit nuttakit/iStock/Getty Images

Overview

The American Cancer Society recommends eating fruits and vegetables of different colors—yellow, orange, blue, red and purple. Generally, the more colorful the fruit or vegetable, the more nutrients it contains along with cancer-fighting properties, antioxidants. According to U.S. Department of Agriculture, purple foods contain important nutrients called anthocyanins, which are responsible for the purple, blue and red colors of some fruits. As an antioxidant, anthocyanin protects against cell damage from free radicals. .

Fruits

Purple Foods List
Purple grapes, figs, passion fruit, raisins, plums and dried plums are popular purple fruits. Photo Credit Victor Martello/iStock/Getty Images

Purple grapes, figs, passion fruit, raisins, plums and dried plums are popular purple fruits, but many berries--blackberries, blueberries, elderberries, cranberries, chokeberries and bilberries--also count as purple foods. These foods are some of the richest sources of anthocyanins. Blue and red fruits like concord grapes, cherries and pomegranates also are considered part of the range of colors included in the family of purple foods and are rich in disease-fighting anthocyanins.

Vegetables

Purple Foods List
Purple-fleshed potatoes are colorful variations of familiar vegetables. Photo Credit arinahabich/iStock/Getty Images

Eggplant is the most familiar purple vegetable, but there are many others. Purple carrots, purple cabbage, purple asparagus and purple-fleshed potatoes are colorful variations of familiar vegetables. Choices also include purple Belgian endive, purple peppers, purple olives and purple asparagus. According to Janet Helm with the Chicago Tribune, local farmers' markets or specialty catalogs are good places to find purple foods like purple onions and purple kale.

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Legumes and Grains

Purple Foods List
Purple pod pole greens have a vivid purple color that is lost in the cooking process. Photo Credit fotogal/iStock/Getty Images

Purple pod pole greens have a vivid purple color that is lost in the cooking process. Also known as royal burgundy and royalty purple, the purple pods turn green when cooked.

Purple grains include purple rice and purple wheat, which is native to East Africa and is used in breads and baked goods. Purple corn, which is common in Peru and a rich source of six anthocyanin antioxidants, is used to make purple corn flour.

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