When it comes to food, it seems purple equals power.
This riveting species of corn literally stops me dead in my tracks during one of my frequent supermarket jaunts. A riveting color, it stains the water it’s boiled in the same hue and taints the white plate I place it on.
The corn’s unique color is due to anthocyanins, natural pigments rich in antioxidants. It seems that nutrition-wise, purple equals power since purple corn has a higher antioxidant capacity than blueberries, another one of those so-called super foods.
I’m a little disappointed to discover that purple corn tastes the same as yellow corn, since both are the same species. I guess with such a stunning shade, and its super food status, I’m expecting this purple corn to taste “super good” too. But corn is corn and corn is delicious.
Purple corn is popular in Peru, having once been a staple of the Incan empire. It’s used to color beverages and food and a processed purple corn flour is used like a regular corn meal to make tortillas, breads, etc.
I’ve found this purple corn at Rustan’s Fresh supermarkets.