An affinity for colorful veggies

I don’t know what it is.  But when I see things like purple carrots and blue potatoes, I just have to try them.

I really want to get my vegetable garden planted this weekend (I know, I know, it’s not looking good).  So I was going through the seeds I’ve purchased online over the past few months, and I was struck by the fact that almost everything I’ve gotten is oddly colored. . . blue potatoes; “Cranberry red” potatoes (red on the outside, reddish pink on the inside); purple beans (in addition to my beloved green Jade, of course); red-and-white striped and gold beets; carrots in purple, red, white, and yellow; cucumbers in yellow (“lemon” cucumbers—a really cool heirloom cuke that is round and bright yellow) and white. . . and the list goes on.

I wonder what the deal is?  Maybe it just seems cool to try something new.  Or maybe it’s the fact that, since I’m growing them myself, I can revel in choosing something really different than what is readily available.  I’m not sure.  I do know that the multi-colored carrots look really pretty in the canning jars.  But some of these vegetables actually turn to their typical color once they’re cooked.  For instance, the purple beans turn green.  And the striped beets turn all white when they’re boiled. . . which is perhaps not incredibly appetizing. And I am fully aware of this fact, so I’m not sure why the different colors still appeal so much to me.

At this point, all I know is I’m REALLY looking forward to that red, white, and blue potato salad.  :)

"All blue" potato (photo credit Territorial Seed Co.)

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3 Responses to An affinity for colorful veggies

  1. sdoeden says:

    Sandi, I see you are a Master Gardener — just what I need. I am totally unskilled when it comes to gardening. I am in awe of those who know what they are doing and so envious of their lush gardens and bright blooming flowers. You will laugh when you read my food column about chives next week. It’s really the only thing I can get to grow. Well, that might be a bit of an exaggeration. Anyway, I’ll be checking in often to get your tips. BTW, I get my red, white and blue potatoes at the farmers market. I can’t imagine every having potatoes in my own garden! Oh, and it’s nice to be friends.
    Sue@All About Food

    • Sandi says:

      Thanks, Sue! I’ve been reading you for a long time–just love reading about your cooking exploits! :)

      I’ve never grown potatoes before, so it will be interesting to see what happens. I hope the harvest is good!

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