The concept of “eating the rainbow” (eating an array of different colored plants and produce at each meal), is a popular tip for staying healthy. Plants contain different pigments, or phytonutrients, which give them their color. Different colored plants are linked to higher levels of specific nutrients and health benefits, so a diversity of colorful foods can be an easy way to get a complete range of the vitamins and minerals your body needs to thrive.
And what could be better than reaching for your rainbow from your own backyard organic garden?
Yard2Kitchen is currently preparing for the spring planting season and has all the rainbow colors covered!
Here are some of the benefits of each color, and selections from our root vegetable category that can create a beautiful and healthy rainbow.
Red foods are rich in carotenoid lycopene, which can protect against prostate and breast cancers by sweeping up gene-damaging free radicals. Red foods may also lower the risk of heart disease and reduce skin-related sun damage.
And Yard2Kitchen has you covered! We are currently planting sweet red beets, one of our most popular requests.
Another fun fact about beets: Eating beets may enhance athletic performance by improving oxygen use and time to exhaustion. A 2012 published study revealed that eating 200 grams of baked beets improved running performance and the average running speed in the last mile was 5% faster. (1)
ORANGE & YELLOW
Foods that are orange and yellow contain compounds like beta-carotene and curcuminoids, which the body converts into the active form of vitamin A. These powerful compounds will help boost your immune system and keep your eyes and skin healthy.
Our master gardeners are ready to plant the vegetable most often associated with eye health: orange carrots.
A fun fact about the carrot: Carrots are like a natural toothbrush. Consuming carrots stimulates saliva production, which keeps plaque from forming. The abrasive quality of a raw carrot can help remove plaque and leftover bits of food.
Green foods are anti-inflammatory, support your liver, and are vital for brain and heart health. This is because they contain compounds like chlorophyll and isoflavones. They are also rich in cancer-blocking chemicals like sulforaphane, isocyanate, and indoles, which inhibit the action of carcinogens (cancer-causing compounds).
Yard2Kitchen has many spring greens to choose from, but did you know you can also eat the greens of your root vegetables? Carrot greens and beet greens are delicious and have all the nutrition needed for the green portion for eating the rainbow.
A fun fact about beet greens: Historically, beet greens were used for their amazing healing properties as Hippocrates believed that the juice from beet leaf bindings would help heal wounds. (2)
BLUE & PURPLE
Foods that are blue and purple are anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, and are good for the brain! This is because they contain compounds like anthocyanidins and resveratrol. Anthocyanins are also believed to delay cellular aging and help the heart by blocking the formation of blood clots.
We are currently planting our gorgeous organic purple carrots – a feast for the eyes and for your health!
A fun fact about purple carrots: The first evidence of carrots being used as a food crop was in the Iranian Plateau and the Persian Empire in the 10th century AD — these ancient carrots were purple and white (3).
WHITE & TAN
When it comes to phytonutrients, the rule of thumb is that darker plant foods are more nutrient dense. But white and tan plant foods are the exception! These plants have amazing anti-inflammatories properties, and they support a healthy liver, and optimize hormone health. This is because they contain compounds like allicin and tannins.
Look no further than our organic Hakurei white turnips for a white vegetable powerhouse!
And did you know this fun fact? Unlike other turnip varieties, hakurei do not need to be cooked.
So there you have it! Plant an array of our organic root vegetables now and you will be eating the rainbow in just a few months! And feel free to Contact Us with any questions!