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Reach For The Blues For Healthy Aging

Blue and purple fruits and vegetables contain health-promoting Phytochemicals, which are being studied for their anti-aging benefits. It's believed that eating produce that is blue or purple in color can help maintain urinary tract health, lower the risk of some cancers and help with memory function.

Prune

Very high in Antioxidants and a good source of Vitamin A, dried plums and raisins also contain Vitamin E, Potassium, Iron and B vitamins, as well as Magnesium and phosphorous.

In Season

Prune is generally available year-round.

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Purple Potato

Purple potatoes contain the antioxidant glutathione and all of the nutrients of other potatoes. And did you know that one serving provides 45% RDI of Vitamin C, 21% RDI of Potassium and 3 grams of fiber?

In Season

Purple Potato is generally available year-round.

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Blackberry

High in fiber and Folate, blackberries are also a good source of Vitamin C and contain small amounts of Iron, Calcium and Vitamin E.

These deeply hued, juicy berries grow wild across much of North America. Cultivated varieties, which are actually raspberry/blackberry hybrids include boysenberries, loganberries, and ollalieberries. Like most varieties of berries, blackberries are a rich source of antioxidants. Try these delicious sweet berries on ice cream or yogurt, or for a real breakfast treat, serve them in a crepe filled with lightly sweetened ricotta cheese, and sprinkled with powdered sugar.

In Season: Summer

June, July, August, September

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Blueberry

Blueberries can help reduce the risk of urinary tract infection, and their high antioxidant level helps reduce the buildup of bad cholesterol.

Blueberries literally burst with flavor and nutrition. These sweet little berries provide an abundant supply of free-radical fighting antioxidants which offer innumerable health benefits. These berries are delicious added to just about anything. Try them mixed in yogurt, sprinkled on ice cream or your morning cereal, or even added to a salad of fresh spring greens.

In Season: Summer — Autumn

June, July, August, September, October

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Eggplant

With only 25 calories per serving, healthy eggplant also contains dietary fiber, Vitamin C, Iron and Potassium.

Try this beautiful purple vegetable marinated and grilled on spring greens with your favorite vinaigrette, or with basil, provolone, and roasted red peppers on crispy Italian bread. Choose a firm, smooth-skinned eggplant that is heavy for its size; avoid those with soft or brown spots.

In Season: Summer — Autumn

August, September, October

Trivia

Originally an Oriental ornamental plant, eggplant got its name from yellow and white fruited varieties with egg-sized fruits.

In India and Medieval Europe, eggplant was credited with remarkable properties as a love potion. By the 16th Century, northern Europeans were calling eggplants, "mad apples" in the belief that consumption would cause insanity.

Eggplant were brought to America by Spaniards as "berengenas," meaning apples of love.

Ladies in the high society of China once made black dye from dark eggplant skins and used it to stain their teeth to a black lustre, a fashionable cosmetic use.

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Plum

High in Vitamin C, plums contain some Potassium, as well as Riboflavin and other B vitamins.

There are about 30 different varieties that will be available at the supermarket at different times during the summer and early fall. Ranging in color from black to pale yellow, and from sweet to tart in flavor, you'll only find each of these special varieties for a short period of time, so when you see a new one, be sure to take the opportunity to try it.

In Season: Summer — Autumn

June, July, August, September, October

Trivia

Although plums are native to Asia, Europe and America, most U. S. production is in the Japanese varieties which are red and yellow (European varieties are blue and purple).

The difference between plums and prunes is small. Plums are clingstone (the pit does not separate easily from the flesh) and prunes are freestone. While there are at least 125 prune varieties, most (except for Italian prunes) are grown for drying.

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Purple Grape

Free of fat, saturated fat, cholesterol and Sodium, purple grapes are a healthy source of Vitamin C, and are high in Antioxidants!

In Season

Purple Grape is generally available year-round.

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