A vegetable garden need not be boring. With these Colorful Vegetables to grow, it can be delicious and at the same time– Interesting!
The most common types of eggplants feature black or purple fruits, but if you look around, you can find more exotic cultivars bearing red, green, white or orange fruits. To top it all, they produce beautiful purple blooms that add contrast to the colors of the adjoining fruits and some extra spark to your dull garden bed. Also, in warmer regions, you can grow them as perennial.
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Kale, with its delicate green leaves and compact growth habit, is a great plant to end the vegetable season, especially when you select the purple-flushed or ruffled purple varieties. For a finer appeal, place them in typical fall containers with mums to create an eye-catchy show. It’s believed that ornamental kale is purely decorative and has no health value whatsoever. However, it is edible but bitter in taste, so you are best off growing it alongside the traditional green variety.
3. Okra (Lady’s Finger)
Even if okra isn’t quite your thing, you can always use it to decorate your garden. The ruby red ones such as ‘Red Burgundy’ develop stunning yellow hibiscus-like flowers and torpedo shaped fruits. Additionally, they offer a unique meaty flavor and a crunchy, slimy texture that you can’t find in any other vegetable. When cooked, the red color tends to disappear, and the pods become green.
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Beet varieties, with their rich burgundy hue, paint a pretty picture. Candy-pink types and red varieties with golden roots are available too, though they come in a milder flavor. One particularly popular type is ‘Bull’s Blood’ that flaunts bold and fiery red foliage and umpteen health benefits that make it perfect for including in salad recipes.
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Bugs Bunny might have a soft corner for orange carrots, but that doesn’t mean you have to settle for the same. This starchy, crispy vegetable comes imbued in purple, yellow, red or white colors. You can add these jewel-like shades in your garden to enjoy them in your salad or carrot cake later. Stunning varieties include ‘White Satin’ and ‘Red Samurai.’
Count on peppers and chilies to liven up and spice up your garden and plate. Colorful peppers aren’t any secret, but most people don’t understand that they all go through the green stage first before ripening to develop their individual colors and flavors. Whether fiery hot or mildly sweet, red, orange, yellow or purple peppers are nutritious, flavorful and a staple of party food recipes. For even more variety, you can opt for ‘NuMex Twilight’ that features fruits in several different colors simultaneously.
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A sprig of juicy red tomatoes embarks on the cheer and warmth of the summer season. Heirloom varieties are more appealing in the sense that they offer a rainbow of exotic colors, including the pink ‘Brandywine,’ orange ‘Tangella,’ lavender ‘Cherokee Purple’ and yellow ‘Lemon Boy.’ Yellow varieties have a unique taste and a lower acid level that makes it perfect for people with frequent tummy upsets. On the other hand, the purple ones come with a greater level of antioxidants. You can opt for multi-colored varieties as well. Must read our guide for best tomato varieties!
A member of the cabbage family, kohlrabi is typically grown for its edible and nutritious bulb-like stems. When young, it’s tender and crispy in texture with a mild taste and rich flavor. White and purple varieties kohlrabi are most common, however, internally both of them are white. Few people know about ‘kohlibri,’ a variety favored for its deep purple veneer and velvety blue-green foliage.
Cabbage doesn’t have to be green always. Transform your boring, bland garden bed by adding the gorgeous tones of flowering cabbage. Bold shades of purple and white beautify the garden during the drab months of fall and winter and thrive all winter long in milder regions. And when spring comes, you can use them to create the contrast with leafy crops like lettuce and spinach. While ornamental cabbage is edible, it has a slightly bitter taste unlike common ones and is mostly suitable for garnishing.
10. Sweet Potatoes
If you believed that sweet potatoes came in just a single rose red color with pale orange flesh underneath, you are wrong. A member of the morning glory family, this dicot tuber has 16 recognized varieties with each having a different hue. Common colors include red, blue, tan, orange or red; the flesh may range from white to orange and anywhere in between. And the best part is that all are equally nutritious and scrumptious.
Cauliflower is conventionally creamy white as the leaves form a canopy over the head and prevent the sun rays; However, the purple and orange varieties have the brightest colors in the crayon box! In fact, these two types have gained tremendous popularity in the farmers’ markets since the past few decades. In addition to adding a brilliant brightness to your garden, they bring an enhanced antioxidant value to the table. The two most popular varieties of colored cauliflower are Graffiti (purple) and Cheddar (orange).
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12. Swiss Chard
This tasty and crunchy salad green is undoubtedly one of the most colorful vegetables you can plant in your garden. Often used for its ornamental value, Swiss chard is characterized by striking red, orange, yellow or white stalks that stand tall and provide a beautiful contrast to an all-green garden bed. Commonly called silverbeet, Swiss chard is available in red and white colors in the store. However, you can always grow yellow, pink, purple or yellow colored one at home.
If you’re only acquainted with the white or red variety of radish, then you’ll be pleased to know that this healthy, year-round vegetable is available in various hues ranging from red to white and every shade in between. There are even the firm, black radishes and green radishes to try. Purple radishes are rare but native to certain countries. Experts believe that radishes originally produced were black, then they were bred to be white, and by the 1700s, red varieties with magenta-pink cores had become popular. If you’re looking for a vegetable that is quick and easy to grow, radish is your answer!
The brilliant yellow corn is not the only variety out there. This large starchy grain is available in vivid color options, including white, red, green and even blue. Sure, you will find only the seeds of white and bicolor types more easily, but a little more effort can help you avail the sweet red corn that is ideal for home gardening.
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Asparagus is another healthy vegetable with a stunning color palette. Interestingly, it comes in three different colors of green, white and purple in the store, but in the garden, the white and green varieties are the same. Then again, the white type has less nutrition than its green or purple counterpart. But the good news is that purple hue of asparagus is purely cosmetic as the flesh underneath remains white or green. In fact, the thin shade of purple packs a good punch of antioxidants.
The crazy blue-colored pumpkins may look ethereal and other-worldly, but they are +100% real and add a nice splash of brightness to your garden just like flowers. Other popular pumpkin varieties include Tiger, Casper, and Kobucha.
Easy to grow, nutritious and delicious, beans have it all. Whether you are talking about ripe beans or snap beans, there are many different color choices to consider. The pods may range from green to purple in color, while the inner beans usually come in a wide spectrum of shades and stripes, including white, red, tan, pink, black, brown, calico, speckled and more. ‘Royal Burgundy’ and ‘Roc d’Or’ are two varieties that deserve special mention for bearing beautiful golden pods. And do remember, the purple-podded ones don’t retain color when cooked.
18. Brussels Sprouts
The leafy green Brussels sprouts may add life to a dull garden, but it’s the attractive red ones that offer more appeal with the same nutritional value. Available in beautiful colors of purple to red-violet, this vegetable is an easy way to add color to your harvest. ‘Rubine’ or ‘Falstaff’ varieties are typically used for their ornamental value.