The Purple Salad

The new fashionable food that BBC discovered is the purple sweet potato. The pigment of the purple sweet potato contains anthocyanins that help the brain stay younger. It is a direct nutrient for the brain.

Purple salad 1
Purple Sweet potato Image taken from BBC

So how come we didn’t know about this purple sweet potato? It is a very exotic root that is rarely found in England. ‘These pigments play a huge role in the brain health,’ Paul Krune the scientist experimenting with these pigments states for BBC. ‘There is a lot of information confirming that these compounds help with blood flow, it provides the nutrients and oxygen your body needs in order to work well,’ he adds.

It seems like this purple vegetable is the secret for a long life. BBC is not the only one discovering the fashion food. A unique purple colored potato was developed in Northern Ireland as a part of the Department of Agriculture strategic breeding. ‘This was in response to research into the beneficial effects of Anthocyanins which are a class of compounds with antioxidants and therefore possibly anti-cancer properties,’ The Courier stated.

It looks like it won’t take long until the sweet potato will hit the market however until then here are a few alternatives that are full of anthocyanins: Blackcurrants, Blueberries, Blackberries, Purple Cabbage and Eggplant. This is a simple interpretation of a salad with the purple cabbage that is perfectly healthy.


0.5 (half) purple cabbage

5 carrots

200 grams of rucola

5 tomatoes

10 radishes

30g of seeds or a seed mix

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

3 tablespoons of olive oil

salt to taste

The pruple salad
The purple salad


Begin by peeling and grating the carrots. Continue on grating the red cabbage. It becomes extremely messy as there is a lot of pigment, therefore you need to make sure to put paper towels under. Wash your rucola, add it in a bowl with the cabbage and carrots. Cut your tomatoes and radishes in a round form, preferably smaller pieces. Add them in the bowl. Add the seed mix, red wine vinegar, olive oil and salad. It is very important to mix the salad very well. You can serve at any time. You can also add feta, if you are not looking to eat vegan. The feta gives it the perfect saltiness and matches well with the sweetness of the cabbage.

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