Eat your fruits, vegetables... and colors?

We may get more than our fair share of rain here in Grays Harbor, but with that rain comes more rainbows – and not just the ones in the sky! Here at Cultivating Roots, we’ll be using this abundance of water to grow a whole rainbow of vegetables this year. As we plan our garden for the year, we’re looking to grow vegetables and fruits that span all the colors of the rainbow. Here are just a few that we’ll be growing:

White – Cauliflower, parsnips, onions

Red – Beets, radishes, tomatoes

Orange – Carrots, pumpkins

Yellow – Squash, corn

Green – Asparagus, celery, peas, and the usual leafy green suspects

Blue – Blueberries (what else?)

Purple – Eggplants, dragon tongue beans

Not only does a variety of colors make the garden prettier, it makes us healthier. Different colors in plants are produced, in part, by different levels of antioxidants and other nutrients. In honor of American Heart Month this February, our garden plans include lots of veggies high in anthocyanins, antioxidants that promote cardiovascular health – and make plants purple! Look for purple broccoli, purple tomatoes, and purple kohlrabi, not to mention white carrots, red leaf lettuce, yellow tomatoes, and striped beets in our garden rainbow. What is your favorite color to eat?