One of the hottest new Vegetables to Grow are Purple Vegetables
One of the biggest buzzwords in the vegetable-growing business for home gardeners is the word “PURPLE”. The reason for this is the antioxidants that these vegetables provide.
Why are purple vegetables the hottest new vegetables to grow and eat?
Purple vegetables contain anthocyanin associated with brain functions, health, inflammation, and heart disease. Anthoyain possesses chemicals that can have a direct impact on diabetes, cancer, inflammation, and cardiovascular disease.
Not only are purple vegetables healthier for you but they also are an attractive color that can improve people’s mood and since they are healthy vegetables it can help to increase people’s desire to eat a healthier diet. and they add a great source of vitamins and minerals.
You can now purchase purple-colored varieties of tomatoes, cauliflower, carrots, and others. Every year the new seed catalogs will have their favorite new vegetables to grow to help you find some specific for your growing zone.
Here are some of my favorite vegetables that are purple to grow in your vegetable garden as well as some new ones I have not had the opportunity to try growing yet.
Vegetable Gardening is changing with new and exciting colors and fruit characteristics that you can enjoy growing in your garden.
Here are some of my favorite vegetable varieties to add to your garden vegetable list to grow.
Purple of Sicily– two seed companies provide this variety that I would recommend. Territorial Seed Co. and Baker Creek Seed Co.
Graffiti Purple Cauliflower– This is a very dark variety and is the one that is pictured in the featured image. I have grown this one and find the heads full and very flavorful.
Purple Galaxy- is a new variety that Baker Creek has available this year, they are a 2-3 inch deep purple outer and flesh tomato that they say has intense flavor to add to salads or is great to snack on and can be used for a great colored sauce. Very pricy at about $1.00 per seed so I will have to wait until prices come down a little to grow this one.
Cherokee Purple- This is a tomato that has been around for a while and has a strong following for it’s rich flavor, larger size of around 4-5 inches.
Chocolate Cherry- This is a smaller-sized tomato that is considered a cherry pole tomato. These tomatoes are purplish-red tomato that is loaded with flavor for such a small tomato.
There are several varieties of purple carrots to add to your garden bed, some that are purple all the way through the carrots and others that are purple on the outside with a inner flesh that is orange.
I would recommend you find the variety that best fits your zone and climate to grow these since they are great to snack on, or add to a salad or veggie tray. You will be sure to get some added interest by your guests when they see these beautiful carrots.
I have grown purple-colored beans for many years since they add such great color in the garden when mixed with green beans and yellow pole beans.
Celine Pole Beans- This is a variety that I have grown since they produce a huge crop all year long. The biggest challenge you will have in growing this variety is to keep up your harvesting to eat them when they are not getting too large and stringy.
There are many other varieties now available to grow for all growing zones.
Jacaranda Broccoli- This is from Territorial Seed Co. This is a cross between broccoli and cauliflower to give you the best of both vegetables with a dark purple-colored head.
These are just a few of the vegetables you can now find that are Purple, there are many others for you to grow and share with your family.
Look for other new varieties of these vegetables, lettuce, summer squash, winter squash, peppers, radishes, cucumbers, sweet corn, and melons that typically have new vegetable varieties to add to your garden vegetable growing list.
Now that you know about the hottest new vegetables to grow and why they are being grown I would recommend you grow some in your garden for health reasons and to add a great color to your garden and your recipes.