The latest super food to hit the high street is the ‘purple potato.’ So for this weekend I thought I would buy a few to try them. Thankfully, the most colourful and unusual varieties of potato are finally spreading throughout the world from South America. They are easy to grow either in the garden border, vegetable patch, tub or any container that can hold a fair bit of soil to house the potato crop. Whenever peeling potatoes always save any large potato eyes on the outer skin and bury them somewhere in your border – the chances are they will produce a lovely crop of potatoes for you without any expense or trouble.
Purple potatoes are packed full of anti-oxidants as well as a wide array of vitamins and minerals. They are noted for helping to maintain healthy blood vessels. Most importantly, they taste wonderful and are inexpensive to buy.
Some of the special ingredients packed into these wonderful super food potatoes are claimed to be: zinc (helps to ward off both bacterial and especially viral illness and used for around two hundred different enzyme processes many of which are linked to the immune system. Zinc also helps in the production of insulin, healing of wounds and eruptions on the outer skin, sperm formation. Zinc is required for aiding the body digest protein); iron (good for enriching the blood, helping the body make red blood cells to transport oxygen to keep the brain alert and keep organs healthy); magnesium (required for stress busting and good quality sleep. Magnesium aids the body in the digestion of carbohydrates. It is also used by the body to help the brain clarify information. Magnesium is required by the body to help the absorption of calcium to strengthen the bones); phosphorus, potassium, vitamin c, vitamin B6 (helps to convert protein foods into energy, keeps a balanced mood, helps with repair and healing), riboflavin, thiamine, folic acid (required for building anti-bodies, folic acid also has the capacity for lowering homocysteine levels, preventing anaemia), etc.