Tuesday, May 12, 2009

the color purple

Do not adjust your settings. This dish is in fact purple. And, no, it is not due to any funny food coloring. This is an all natural purple sweet potato. It is a super super-food. You know all those great things you have heard about antioxidants and other purple foods, like grapes and blueberries? Remember all the nutrients that you have heard are packed into a sweet potato? Well, this combines the best of both worlds. They're fat-free, low in calories, high in fiber, and full of antioxidants.

I came across this amazing purple potato at Whole Foods the other day. They had a guy there who had some raw ones sliced and some mashed like the ones in the picture. He was expounding on all the great properties, and I was just too curious not to try it.

So I grabbed a single purple potato and took it home to begin my experiment. When raw they just look like a dark sweet potato. I baked it in the oven, per usual. The skin (which can be eaten) fell right off and the potato was smooth and yummy. Just added a little butter and it tasted just like a regular sweet potato. Who knew?

The carnivore was not very impressed with my experiment and refused to eat any. He did suggest I call them "Grimace Potatoes" since they are purple and sweet. But, if you are adventurous or if you love sweet potatoes (or both) I suggest you pick up a purple sweet potato. I bet it would be a big hit with the little ones too.


  1. Lots of people are turned off by the color of these sweet potatoes but the flavor is extraordinary. So much more delicious and sweeter than your regular ol' tubers!

  2. it's delicious... when I made the usual sweet potato & ginger dessert, I have to add the 3 colors- yellow, orange and purple sweet potatoes! Without them, my family felt the dessert is incomplete. You'll be surprise that the 3 types of sweet potatoes has different tastes and textures. Don't forget the japanese honey sweet potatoes too with purple skin and deep yellow flesh.

  3. I, for one, am turned *on* by the color of these potatoes!! I'll pick one up for sure next time I'm at the grocery!

  4. haha, grimace potatoes. That's a good one. I will definitely look for these this weekend at WF.

  5. I can't wait to try these. I have never even heard of them, and I am in Whole Foods all the time!



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