Wednesday June 28th, 2017

Color Reflections: Food Coloring

The world of food and design often merge, creating a visually edible landscape of brilliant hues. We love food, especially when it is presented...saturated in chroma. And we love to share our discoveries, particularly on Instagram. One such discovery is Little Damage, an ice cream shop in LA. It has become THE destination, known for its black soft serve. This delight is for goths with a sweet tooth! The color of our food is often the happy accident of nature's beauty and its health benefits.

Food and drinks bathed in purple are not only a trend, but a health craze. Black rice, purple cauliflower, beetroot and purple asparagus are just some of the key ingredients found in clean eating recipes. They contain anthocyanin, a health-boosting antioxidant. If you’re more of a dessert person, like me, ube (pronounced oo-bae) is a purple yam used to add a vivid violet hue to foods, such as ice cream, cookies and cake. This ingredient has gained so much popularity recently, it has been dubbed “the new avocado.”

Another color you might find on your plate (or in your glass), particularly if you’re a fan of Indian or Middle Eastern cuisine, is a bright yellow-orange hue. This distinctly colored spice is turmeric. Native to Southern Asia, it is believed to help with many health conditions including joint pain and diseases. Food and drink infused with turmeric have also become a staple for clean eating. For example, a wellness-friendly beverage called a turmeric tonic — an elixir of blitzed turmeric, coconut water, ginger and honey — is just one of the many healthier alternatives to lemonade.

If purple vegetables or spiced lemonade are not your “go to,” sometimes adding color to your diet can be just plain fun. The rainbow bagel from The Bagel Store in New York that “broke the internet,” has inspired a myriad of other rainbow foods such as grilled cheese, lattes, and sushi. Traditional food coloring has taken on a new meaning. In today’s terms, it’s a feast for the eyes and the palate.

Next Up in the Series: Color Reflections: Color Palettes Deconstructed