Purple fruits and vegetables are a bit more common than their blue cousins, but it was still quite a challenge finding a recipe for this week’s color. But I am not afraid of a challenge, and neither are you, dear readers, when it comes to learning about nutrition, and when it comes to improving your health. I hope that you all will enjoy this next post, about purple asparagus and goji berries.
This is a variety of asparagus that hails from Italy, specifically the
Albenga region. This “cultivar “is called Violetto d’Albenga. They are made through a process of open pollination the older and more common version of green asparagus were cultivated (after its initial discovery in the wild), far earlier in human history, with ancient Egyptian and Roman records of its cultivation for medicinal purposes.Today, Purple Asparagus, when grown, produces less number of spears but makes up for it with thicker and longer stalks.
Nutritional Facts about Purple Asparagus
- The purple variety of asparagus has been reported as sweeter than its green cousin. Despite this, the food has no sugars according to the nutrition index.
- There are only 20 calories per serving of this delicacy, but it has
enough nutrition to provide 20% of your daily value of vitamin C, 10% of your daily value in vitamin A, and 4 grams of protein.
- There is also good news for the anemic and the iron deficient because just 5 spears of asparagus have 4% of your daily value in iron.
Factoid: Be wary about cooking this type of asparagus for too long. The longer it cooks, the more likely it fades to a green color.
Black Goji Berries (Aka. Wolf Berries)
Earlier, I posted about the Chinese philosophy of food and medicinal healing. This berry is often used as an example of how herbs and plants can heal the body and soul in classic Chinese medicinal literature. There are pages, poems, and colloquialisms throughout various Chinese dynasties that directly reference the healing power of the berry.
The berry is cited in, Chinese literature, to be a contributor to long life when it is part of a regular diet and has been boasted to combat facial wrinkles for the women, as well as virility in men.
The plant itself is also a resilient perennial that can self-pollinate, meaning that it makes berries year round, and it is hardy enough to handle frosts.
The most common variety of Goji berry is red, but there is a ‘black’ version that is hardy, full of nutritional value and dyes the water purple /blue when it is brewed in a tea.
Nutritional facts about the Goji Berry
- It is high in vitamins A, C, and E, anthocyanins, and fatty acids.
- The vitamins A and C in goji berries do fight against the aging process through the protection of free radicals.
- A handful of these berries also provides 15% of your daily iron value.
- These berries also contain dietary fiber, something that helps control satiety and keeps the digestive system regular.
Factoid: While there are no reports of poisonous effect, the goji tree is technically related to the Nightshade plant. Make sure you are cautious about eating them too often or when they are too ripe.
Asparagus Salad with Blue Cheese and Goji Berries
Do you want something sweet and savory that takes little prep time and is filled with antioxidants and vitamins? Get ready to try this amazing salad combination from mayihavetherecipe.com. Click on the photo for the recipe below.