Blue Foods

21 Naturally Blue Foods

Blue foods capture the imagination because they are so rare in nature. Who doesn’t know a kid who sticks their tongue out in glee after chewing blueberries? Let’s get to know some real blue foods and find out why they’re so few and far between!

What makes food Blue?

Naturally blue foods get their colour from a relatively rare group of chemical pigments called blue anthocyanins, which are derived from anthocyanidins. Most anthocyanidins are red and produce red coloured food, but some are blue and make purple, black, and blue hues instead. Anthocyanidins are being researched for their potentially anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, and anti-obesity properties. Unlike carotenoids and red anthocyanidins, blue anthocyanidins are comparatively rare.

Blue Foods in Nature

Most processed blue foods are the result of adding artificial blue colour to the recipe. However, edible blue organisms do occur in nature. This is an illustrated list of naturally blue foods:

Blueberries, the most famous of Blue Foods

Okay, let’s get the obvious one out of the way! Blueberries are renowned for their blueness and inherent goodness.

Huckleberries Blue Foods

Huckleberries

Huckleberries are known by many different names, but you can think of them as smaller, wilder, less sweet blueberries.

Blue Java Bananas

Blue Java Bananas supposedly taste like ice-cream!

Indigo Milk Cap

Indigo Milk Cap is a blue mushroom which oozes blue “milk” and tastes like a typical woodland mushroom.



Blue Corn

Blue Corn is just like regular corn, but blue.

Blue Carrot

Up until a few hundred years ago, most of the carrots grown by farmers were not orange/yellow. Many of them were blueish-black. Many of them still are blueish-black.

Aubergine, or Eggplant

Purplish/blue aubergines (a.k.a. eggplant) are a commonly seen vegetable.

Purple Cabbage is Blue Food

Purple Cabbage

Cabbage comes in many different colour combinations, including blue!



Blue Tomato

Blue tomatoes are gaining in popularity, so expect to see a few pop up in your local market.

Chokeberry

Chokeberries have a bluish hue.

Blue Raspberry

Whilst red raspberries dominate our market, blue raspberries are more common in others, especially some Asian regions.

Blue Foods Concord Grapes

Concord Grapes

Concord Grapes get their outstanding blueness from a delicate balance of competing anthocyanins.



European Plums are Blue

Also known as Damsons, European plums are made into blue prunes.

Blackthorn

Blackthorn, or Sloe, is a fruit of the Rose family.

Indonesian Blue Rice

Indonesian Blue Rice

Not to be confused with the blue rice made with food colouring, Indonesian Blue Rice is naturally blue!

Adirondack Potato

Adirondack Potato is one of several blue potato varieties. Blue bangers and mash, anyone?



Blue Cheese

The blue in Blue Cheese comes from the penicillium cultures which inhabit it.

Blue Foods Quandong

Blue Quandong

Vivid Blue Quandong is bush tucker.

Blue Foods Ling Cod

Ling Cod

Yes, the flesh of the Blue Ling Cod is blue, and Ling Cod is far from the only blue seafood.

Butterfly Pea Flower

Butterfly Pea Flower makes an intense blue tea.



Blue Crayfish

Blue Crayfish (Blue Yabbies) go really well in a coconut curry.

Even More Blue Foods!

Believe it or not, there are even more blue foods! But why not give your eyes a nice change from blue with these orange fruits?