Posts Tagged ‘anthocyanins’

Purple Corn Juice

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

Purple Corn

The clamour for foods rich in antioxidants has propelled foods such as mangosteen, acai, pomegranate, goji, blueberries, enocianin, elderberries, red grapes into the spotlight. Not only are these foods antioxidant-rich – they are also mostly in the blue-purple hue. Antioxidants are active compounds that naturally occur in foods. These compounds are believed to benefit health since they can inhibit or slow down oxidation through the neutralization of free radicals hence, delay or prevent ageing as well as prevent certain diseases from happening. Antioxidants can be found in the form of phenols and anthocyanins.

Anthocyanins are water-soluble blue plant pigments that are responsible for the purple-red colour spectrum in nature. Its high phenolic content means it is well equipped to provide safety against degenerative diseases.

One “purple” which is starting to gain attention is purple corn (choclo morado). One potential application of purple corn is for beverages, and a fine example is the traditional Peruvian drink called chicha morada, also known as purple corn juice. It’s made with ears of purple corn boiled with pineapple rind, cinnamon, and clove. The resulting purple coloured liquid is then mixed with sugar and lemon. Besides being refreshing, it is also healthy since purple corn, like other “purples”, is rich in antioxidants. We provide purple corn extracts for food and beverage applications. If you like, you can try making some homemade purple corn juice yourself. Simply pick up some maiz morado and follow the directions in the video below!