Purple Food & Drink | Introduction
Let’s be honest, if you were served up a plate of purple foods it would be (i) quite unusual and (ii) visually not very appetising. To some degree that is because there are not too many purple foods in our staple diet. However you may be surprised just how many purple varieties of food there are.
Vegetables include aubergine (or eggplant), broccoli, carrots, beetroot, cabbage, kale and potatoes. Herbs include Rosemary and Lavender. Very much a vegetarian choice however purple can also be seen on meat. Dark cutting beef carcasses have a purplish-black colour rather than a bright red colour we are all used to. This is due to the protein Myoglobin.
Myoglobin, a protein, is responsible for the majority of the red color. Myoglobin doesn’t circulate in the blood but is fixed in the tissue cells and is purplish in color. When it is mixed with oxygen, it becomes oxymyoglobin and produces a bright red color.
Fruits include grapes, figs and passion fruit along with many types of berry. A bowlful of purple fruit is of course quite appealing!
Purple drinks prompt a different reaction! Serve up a purple cocktail and suddenly we’re picturing exotic locations and views out to the ocean at sunset.
Whilst there are a handful of purple spirits, some of the best purple cocktails are created through the combination of ingredients, Blue Curaçao and [Red] Grenadine being a common example.