Black food: rich in anthocyanins

May 8, 2016 4:36 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Last week we looked at some of the many purple products that contain anthocyanins: pigments in vegetables and fruit that help maintain healthy blood vessels and supple arteries. One of our big anthocyanin-rich sellers is blueberries – a really good ‘superfood’. We also sell blackcurrant cordials and jams (blackcurrants have the very highest concentration of anthocyanins among all the fruit readily available in this country). Many of the other products rich in these pigments were fresh fruit and vegetables, so sadly, not in our range. But the list got us thinking. What about the other dark-coloured (and specifically, black) products we sell?

Red, blue, purple and black: eat all the dark colours for health.

Red food can also be rich in anthocyanins!

A little research reveals that anthocyanins can actually appear to the human eye as red, purple, black or blue, depending on the exact pigment. So cranberries are another good bet, and cherries. Click here to see all our dried cranberries (really sweet and juicy!) and here for our cherries.

Eat black food for health

It’s the black food that’s perhaps our biggest area of expertise. We have black rice (and from that, black rice noodles), black turtle beans, black sesame seeds, black quinoa, black olives and black beluga lentils. We didn’t deliberately set out to have a ‘black’ range – it’s evolved naturally, as we’ve sourced some of the healthiest foods from round the world. Here’s a quick round-up of what we offer:

We encourage you to eat black rice!

No longer forbidden…

  • Black rice: this was once called ‘forbidden rice’, because it was reserved for royalty in China. Now everyone can eat it!
  • Black quinoa: we sell quinoa in various colours, with the black being the richest in these pigments. Black quinoa is crunchy and nutty in flavour and many people’s favourite variety.
  • Black sesame seeds: these have a stronger flavour than standard sesame seeds. Put them in your baking or use as a coating for meat or fish.
  • Black olives: in pate and whole.
  • Black turtle beans: another good source of anthocyanins and a good, meaty choice for a dish. These work really well in Mexican-style vegan recipes. We sell them both tinned and dried.
  • Another good, black source of anthocyanins

    Tinned or dried, these are great in Mexican dishes

  • Black beluga lentils: again, we sell these in dried and tinned form. They hold their shape well and have a good flavour. And while they may not be real caviar, they’re a real luxury for your body!

We all know we should eat our greens. Turns out we should also eat our reds, blues, purples and blacks!




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