Purple Power: Colorful Choices for Better Health

Purple Power: Colorful Choices for Better Health

Posted by Janice Stillman on 6th Mar 2020

Got purple on your plate? Find out why garden vegetables are expanding their color palette. Join The Old Farmer’s Almanac Gardening Club for the full-color story..

Dear Garden Grower,

Eat your greens. You’ve heard it since you were a kid, no doubt. Maybe you’ve said it to your kids. But now when you sit down at the dinner table, you may soon be telling the kids to eat their purples. Purple and purple-splashed vegetables are showing up more and more in supermarkets, farmers’ markets, salad bars, and maybe even your garden.

Purple potatoes, kale, lettuce, Asian greens, and asparagus are appearing alongside the familiar purple plums, grapes, and blueberries. Seed catalogs offer dozens of purple vegetables. And they do, admittedly, bring some visual bling to the garden. While they may expand the color palette on your dinner table, do they offer any nutritional value?

“Hundreds of studies over the past 30 years or more have shown that anthocyanin-rich [purple-pigmented] foods reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, metabolic diseases, and other chronic diseases,” according to Dr. Colin Kay, a nutritional biologist.

Plants produce anthocyanins to attract pollinators and seed dispersers, repel predators, resist pathogens, heal wounds, and reduce stress from environmental factors such as excess radiation or cold temperatures. So, how much purple food do we need to eat to repel predators and lower our heating bill? It’s hard to say. What we do know is that the benefits increase as you eat more.

This doesn’t mean that you have to consume megadoses of blueberries or red cabbage. “Some studies [have found] that small amounts are used very efficiently where the body needs them,” says Dr. Monica Giusti, a professor at Ohio State.

Sure, they’re good for you, but let’s answer the real question, shall we? Will they work in the garden? How do they taste? To find out the answers to these questions and learn more about the history of purple vegetables, check out The 2020 Old Farmer’s Almanac Garden Guide, which comes with your membership in The Old Farmer’s Almanac Gardening Club. This is the same almanac that farmers, gardeners, homesteaders, and other smart people have relied upon for over two centuries.

Strawberry Fields (and Recipes) Forever

Purple vegetables can taste mighty good, but the sweet taste of those first strawberries of the season is absolutely heaven on Earth. There’s nothing like the joy of picking and eating a fresh strawberry. Try as we might, though, we can’t eat them all in one sitting. That’s why we are thrilled to have three prizewinning strawberry recipes in The 2020 Old Farmer’s Almanac Garden Guide.

Let’s be honest here. Doesn’t a Strawberry Honey Basil Bite sound divine right about now? You simply can’t go wrong. And when you add in the goat cheese and serve it on a puff pastry? Wow!

Although, to be fair, the Strawberry Mango Salsa and the Roasted Strawberry Basil Balsamic Salad make our mouths water, too. Seriously. You’re making a balsamic vinaigrette with roasted strawberries. That’s going to be good on almost anything.

If you need us, we’ll be out picking strawberries!

Perfect Peppers

Know what else works well in salads, sauces, and main dishes? Peppers. They aren’t hard to grow, either. Peppers need about 8 hours of direct sunlight and well-draining, phosphorus-rich soil that’s high in organic matter.

Try snack-size red, orange, and yellow mini bell peppers, the mild ‘Takara’ hybrid, or the heirloom ‘California Wonder’, or go (cautiously) all out with the very hot ‘Ghost Pepper’.

Whether it’s peppers or purples, if gardens are your thing, you can get a full harvest of tips, ideas, news, and inspiration in The 2020 Old Farmer’s Almanac Garden Guide. Those strawberry recipes alone are enough to make for the best reading this side of Henry David Thoreau.

The 2020 Old Farmer’s Almanac Garden Guide is yours, along with much more useful information, wit, and wisdom, and a bundle of BONUSES, with an Old Farmer’s Almanac Gardening Club Charter Membership!

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● How to make your own mini-greenhouse
● The enduring charm of plants that you can share with friends and family
● The joy of planting an irregular, multi-crop, arbitrarily arranged native garden
● Plants that “glow” at night, creating an enchanting garden you can’t resist

You’ll also get updates to our weather predictions in our monthly digital magazine, EXTRA!, sent to you each month to keep you current on changing weather and conditions.

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There’s so much gardening knowledge to gain as a Charter Member of The Old Farmer’s Almanac Gardening Club:

In the convenient, hangable, softcover edition of the 2020 Almanac, you’ll find a bumper crop of gardening tips. Many gardeners consider the Almanac their most valuable tool, so this year, for all of you trying to grow food, we’ve got foolproof advice that promises a harvest the first year and every one thereafter. Perhaps you grow flowers—or want to: In the 2020 Almanac, you’ll learn which flowers are edible, when to pick them, and how to use them (e.g., pick apple blossoms in late spring and sprinkle them onto a Waldorf salad and use impatiens all summer long as a garnish).

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  • The Faces of Farming: ambitious folks from across the country tell about how they got started, hurdles they faced, and the rewards of working the land
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  • Daily weather forecasts for all regions of the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii
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  • Easy, delicious, Almanac prize-winning recipes using oranges

Each month, you’ll get new articles and original content with our digital magazine, The Old Farmer’s Almanac EXTRA! It’s a treasure trove of Almanac information that you won’t find in the printed edition, including audio and video content. EXTRA! leads you to some interactive fun when you’re ready for a change of pace

As you count the days until you can get out and garden again, enjoy the rich illustrations in our Old Farmer’s Almanac Gardening Calendar. This compact calendar is the perfect size to fit on the wall in your kitchen, den, or potting shed. Each month features rich, full-color illustrations along with tips, history, or background information on the artwork.

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  • Start an indoor herb garden (no waiting for the last frost!).
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  • Build your own bog—in a garden container!
  • Find out why ladybugs are such great garden friends.
  • Grow your own flower garden designed to create custom fabric dyes.
  • Praying mantises: helpers or hindrances in the garden?
  • As you do your garden planning, save some space for flying saucer squash.

You’ll love the advice, folklore, and gardening secrets in our 2020 Gardening Wall Calendar!

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Gardeners everywhere have been using The Old Farmer’s Almanac for years to guide their gardening plans, and now the Old Farmer’s Almanac Gardening Club Charter Membership offers you all things gardening in one place!

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Janice Stillman

Editor, The Old Farmer’s Almanac

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