Wondering about foods that are black? There is an overabundance of fruit and vegetables. There are more than just the ones you see in the grocery store. Orange carrots, yellow corn, and an abundance of leafy green are all healthy and delicious, but sometimes you need to switch things up a bit. Consider eating some foods that aren’t the color of the rainbow but are flavorful and contain the necessary minerals and vitamins that our bodies need. 

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Besides, who needs normal-colored produce when you can get the same carrots or tomatoes but in a different color? This list is about to show you how your favorite fruits and vegetables can have different health benefits just based on their color and take your breath away with their beauty. Skeptical? Let’s find out just how powerful and gorgeous these dark foods are. 

What Gives Black Food Its Color?

If you see black fruit or black vegetables, the reason for this is two flavonoids called anthocyanin and anthoxanthin. Any vegetable, fruit, or grain that has either black outer skin or inner flesh is overflowing with both of these flavonoids. Since flavonoids are high in antioxidants, this means whatever black food you eat is sure to have health benefits.

Health Benefits Of Foods That Are Black

With black foods being rich in anthocyanin and anthoxanthin, the health benefits are astounding! While leafy greens are wonderful and have health benefits of their own — black-pigmented foods are in a class all their own. Black-colored food is rich in antioxidants, high in protein, and has many other benefits as well.  

Anthocyanins have been shown to help boost your immune system, maintain a healthy digestive tract, help to fight off diseases, are anti-inflammatory, and help to lower cholesterol. They may even help aid your body in fighting off the risk of cancer. Overall, anthocyanin is powerful! So, maybe it’s time to give those greens a break and introduce some black fruits and vegetables into your diet.  

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The List: 85 Foods That Are Black

There are at least 85 different foods that are black either on the inside or the outside. Some of them are going to be ones that you may recognize, and others you may be finding out about for the first time. Ready to go on a foodie adventure? Let’s go!

What veggies are black?

These seven vegetables are nutritious and a sight to behold. See if you can find one of these seven veggies on your next grocery store run and give one of them a try. 

1. Black Nebula Carrot 

These gorgeous carrots are a work of art! These dark mystical onyx carrots are a deep purple/black color inside and out. Black nebula carrots are rich in antioxidants and packed with flavor! A root vegetable with a hint of wild berry? Yes, please! Eat these astounding carrots raw or cooked. 

You could make this Ginger Carrot Soup with these black carrots.

Black Nebula Carrots on a dark surface.

2. Black Seaweed

Move over green seaweed — let black seaweed have the spotlight for a moment. Black seaweed, or hijiki, is rich in dietary fiber, iodine, magnesium, and iron —you don’t want to miss out on this powerful food! This deep black seaweed is perfect for a topping on salads or even on your next sushi roll.  

3. Duplex Russian Giant Scorzonera

Don’t worry; it‘s not actually giant. These extra-long roots are full of flavors with a deep black color. These vegetables are unique and have a flavor profile that somewhat resembles artichokes. These roots are wonderful cooked up with other vegetables to be eaten sautéed or baked. 

Salsify Duplex Russian Giant root vegetable on a weathered wood surface.
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4. Nero Di Toscana Cabbage

This vegetable is a loose-leaf cabbage that is better known as lacinato kale. These deep green-blue-black leaves that originated in Italy are perfect for stews, soups, and salads. Nero di Toscana cabbage leaves are exploding with nutrition as they have up to three times the recommended daily doses of vitamin A, vitamin C, fiber, and lots of minerals as well. This superfood is something you want to add to your grocery cart!  

Black kale growing in a garden.

5. Purple Lady Bok Choy

These leaves are so vibrant that you might feel guilty for cutting into them. This captivating bok choy is overwhelming with flavor and is the perfect swap for any recipe you use normal bok choy in. These plum-colored leaves are rich in antioxidants and are the perfect addition to any stir-fry recipe. 

Add this purple bok choy to some homemade Vegan Pho for a beautiful contrast.

Purple Lady Bok Choy with green stalk on a blaack surface.

6. Pusa Asita Black Carrot

These glorious deep purple carrots are stunning to look at and rich in flavor!! Pusa Asita Black Carrots are rumored to be the world’s richest plant-based source of anthocyanin. These India-based carrots are sweeter than normal carrots and are so delicious that you may never eat orange carrots again.

Full Pusa Asita black carrots along with cut slices on a white and pink surface.
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7. Round Black Spanish Radish

These onyx-colored radishes look like something out of a fairytale. These radishes are matte black on the outside and white as snow when you cut into them. Eating these radishes is good for aiding digestion, helping to reduce cholesterol, and aids in boosting antioxidants.  

What fruit is black?

When it comes to black foods, there are a ton of veggies! Here is a plentiful list of black fruits that is bound to make you curious.

Interested in reading about pink foods? Check out this blog post, Foods That Are Pink!

8. Black Beauty Eggplant

This deep purple eggplant is absolutely a black beauty. A darker flesh than a regular eggplant but with all the same capabilities. This eggplant is a good source of potassium, copper, magnesium, and niacin. Use this eggplant in a ratatouille, baba ghanoush, eggplant parmesan, or grilled on the BBQ. There are so many ways to eat this delicious fruit, and all of them are mouthwatering. 

Three black beauty eggplants with green stems.
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9. Black Beauty Tomato

The dark black flesh on the outside hides the rich ruby-red flesh on the inside of these delicious tomatoes. These mysterious-colored tomatoes are delightful to add to any recipe that you use tomatoes or enjoy on their own. Black beauty tomatoes are screaming to be made the centerpiece of a Caprese salad to show off all their splendor.

Black beauty tomato with black skin and red flesh.
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10. Black Beauty Zucchini

While these Black Beauty Zucchini may look like other zucchini, these heirloom zucchini have dark purple/green pigment. When fully ripe, they are almost black.

Black beauty zucchini is full of carotenoids and helps to benefit your eyes, skin, and heart. Aside from health benefits, these zucchini are delightful grilled, sautéed, or even roasted. 

This deep-colored zucchini would be tasty in these Vegan Mini Lasagnas.

A group of black zucchini (zucchetti, courgettes) on a white background

11. Black Cherry Tomato

These dark black cherry tomatoes are the perfect juicy fruit to munch on. These tomatoes are rich in vitamin A and vitamin C and full of fiber! With all of their health benefits and how glamorous they look, they are perfect to add to your next salad or to use for pasta sauce. 

Black cherry tomatoes with green stems and leaves on a white surface.

12. Blackcurrant

Blackcurrants are tasty berries that are high in antioxidants and vitamin C, which makes these berries the perfect way to boost your immune system. Blackcurrants taste like a mix of grapes with a hint of cherry, but their flavor is all their own. Blackcurrants are wonderful to eat by themselves, use in pastries, or turn into a jam. 

Many blackcurrants covering the surface.

13. Black From Tula Tomato

Yet another gorgeous tomorrow! These dark plum-colored tomatoes have a flavor profile that is complex, smoky, and full of flavor. This Ukrainian family heirloom tomato is perfect to add to your next sandwich or salad and is a good source of vitamin C and vitamin K. 

Three tula black tomatoes with one cut in half. They are pink-red to black in color.
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14. Black Goji Berry

These berries are a superfood you don’t want to leave out of your diet. Founded in Central Asia, the black goji berry is a powerful food that has medical qualities. The black goji berry is ridiculously high in antioxidants, has been shown to help boost your immune system, and can help to improve your sleep. Use these berries in pastries and jams, eat them fresh, or use dried berries for a hot cup of tea. 

Dried Black Goji Berries with a wooden spoon picking some up.

15. Black Grapes

If you’re looking for your next favorite snack, then these black grapes are sweet, juicy, and ready to munch on. These blue blackish bunch of grapes are higher in antioxidants than green or red grapes and can help to protect you from diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.

One of the antioxidants these grapes are high in is resveratrol which has been shown to help improve heart health. So snack away because this fruit is not only heart-healthy but delicious! 

Cluster of black grapes on the stem.

16. Black Hungarian Black Pepper

These eye-catching black peppers are stunning and ready to add some heat to your next dish. These dark onyx peppers are in the shape of a jalapeño with a slightly different flavor profile. These peppers have a mild kick to them and can be used in salsa, salads or to spice up your vegetables with a little kick. 

17. Black Mission Fig

Black mission figs are popular for a reason! The dark purple/black flesh hides a delicious strawberry pink middle that is absolutely delicious. Figs taste like a mixture of strawberry, banana, and melon while tasting specifically like a fig. Not only are they delicious, but they provide a high amount of fiber and are a good source of magnesium, potassium, and vitamins K and C.  

Black mission figs on a black plate with one cut in half.

18. Black Olive

Black olives are no mystery to anyone, as you can find them in almost any grocery store, but these Mediterranean-based morsels are packed with health benefits. Black olives are a great source of vitamin E, which helps to fight off free radicals. Black olives have skin and hair benefits, are high in iron, and are wonderful for digestion. Not to mention, olives are absolutely delicious to eat!

Black olives on the branch with green leaves.

19. Black Raspberry

Black Raspberries are native to North America and resemble the appearance of a blackberry — but without being a blackberry. Black raspberries are hollow in the middle, and they aren’t as glossy as a blackberry, even though they both have the same deep purple coloring. These delightful berries are rich in vitamin C and have been said to be the “king of berries” for all the different health benefits that it carries. 

Use these raspberries the next time you make this Easy Raspberry Sorbet.

Close up of black raspberries ranging in shade from black to bright pink.

20. Black Sapote

Black sapote is a type of persimmon that is native to Mexico and is one fruit you absolutely must try. This soft, complex fruit tastes Ike a mixture between chocolate, caramel, and persimmon, which ultimately makes this like a dessert. So while this fruit may look like a tomato — the flavor is FAR from it.  

Four black sapote with one cut in half on a wooden plate with a wooden spoon.

21. Black Strawberry Tomato

These tomatoes are so stunning to look at that you may not even want to bite into them. But you should because they are incredibly tasty. A rainbow tie dye of deep purple, orange, green, and flecks of black covers the outside skin of this tomato while being red and juicy on the inside. The fruity-flavored tomato resembles plum and grape flavors that are begging to be eaten in a Caprese salad (and not just in the culinary world). 

I love using diced small tomatoes in my homemade guacamole.

Three black strawberry tomatoes with green to purple to black coloring on a gray surface.
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22. Blacktail Mountain Watermelon

Never has there been a more unique watermelon. This black and deep green outer shell opens up to a bright pink fleshy middle that is typical of a watermelon. While the outside leaves your mind spinning at the uniqueness. This refreshing fruit is a lovely way to get your summer started. 

Have you ever made watermelon popsicles?

Blacktail mountain watermelon with dark green to. black skin and red flesh on a charcoal-navy blue surface.
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23. Chichiquelite Huckleberry

These small berries are bursting with flavor and are absolutely darling to look at. These dark black colored berries turn gloriously purple when smashed and are brilliant for making jams, jellies, pies, or any pastry that you like. While being delicious, Chichiquelite Huckleberry also has been shown to help protect your heart against disease and assist your body in having lower cholesterol.

Chichiquelite garden berries made into a jam in a glass jar with fresh ones next to it.
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24. Chocolate Pear Tomato

While these tomatoes aren’t necessarily black in color, the reference is more toward the rich taste that is similar to chocolate. These decadent tomatoes have a bright red and yellow coloring and taste (almost) as sweet as chocolate. Eat these by the handful to satisfy your sweet tooth craving AND supply your body with rich nutrients. 

Chocolate pear tomato with deep red skin and subtle black speckles.
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25. Dwarf Everbearing Mulberry

Dwarf Mulberries are so sweet that you could eat them for dessert every night of the week! These onyx-colored berries have been known to help boost your immune system and have been said to help improve your eyesight. A fruit that tastes like dessert and is good for you too? Sign us up! 

Pint sized produce containers overflowing with black mulberries.

26. Garden Huckleberry

Garden Huckleberry is also known as European black nightshade and has a sweet musky flavor to it. These dark black berries have been used to help with stomach issues such as cramps or even to calm down nerves. Garden huckleberries are the most flavorful when cooked — so pull out the pie crust and get to baking! 

Have you ever made huckleberry pie? You can use fresh huckleberries in lieu of blueberries in this Vegan Blueberry Pie recipe.

Garden Berry Huckleberry baked in a pie on a white surface.
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27. Indigo Blue Cherry Tomato

The tomato family strikes again with another breathtaking fruit. These cherry tomatoes can sometimes be all black or just black on top with a red underbelly. Bite into them, and they reveal a bright cherry red inside that tastes as good as it looks. These tomatoes contain high levels of anthocyanins and antioxidants. They are also a good source of calcium.

Indigo Blue Chocolate Tomatoes with green stems and red flesh.
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28. Japanese Trifele Black Tomato

If you saw these tomatoes at the store, you might think that there’s something wrong with them based on their shape. These tomatoes have a dark green/ purple top that finishes with a ruby red underbelly on the outside of them, and they have a complex flavor. These tomatoes found in Sweden are perfect to use in your next salad, pasta, or to eat as a snack.

Black tomatoes in a wooden box with a few on the table. One is cut into slices in showing the inside flesh and seeds.
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29. Kakai Squash

This elegant squash looks like a pumpkin that hasn’t fully ripened at first glance. This orange and green striped squash can be cooked the same as you would a pumpkin (don’t forget to roast the seeds!) while providing a flavor unique to Kakai squash. 

Winter Kakai squash on black striping and a man holding its seeds.
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30. Little Fingers Eggplant

These may be the most adorable eggplants you’ve ever seen.  Dangling from the vine, almost looking like peppers, these darling Asian eggplants are perfect to use in a stir fry or to grill. Just because these eggplants are slender doesn’t mean that they don’t have all of the same nutrients that regular eggplants do. So take a bite and enjoy all the flavor and health benefits. 

Small dark purple to black little fingers eggplants in a wooden box tray.
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31. Mitoyo Eggplant

Mitoyo eggplants are native to Japan, where this midnight-colored fruit is eaten quite often.  This teardrop-shaped fruit is perfect to eat baked, roasted, raw, or pickled. This is said to be one of the most flavorful eggplants there are, so give it a try and find out for yourself

Mitoyo eggplant on a wooden surface.
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32. Moon & Stars Cherokee Watermelon

With a name like this, you know it has to be stunning to look at.  This nebula-covered watermelon is dark black with splashes of yellow watercolor to resemble the stars. It’s practically a work of art. 

Moon and stars watermelon with dark green to black skin and bright red flesh.
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33. Murasaki Purple Pepper

Wanting to add some spice to your life without the heat?  This pepper is what you need.  These deep eggplant-colored peppers look hot but are actually completely harmless. Murasaki purple peppers are elegant and wonderful to brighten up the appearance of any dish. 

34. Queen Of The Night Tomato

No matter what way you pronounce “tomato,” no one can disagree on how eye-catching the queen of the night tomato truly is! These rich burgundy-colored tomatoes seem to have brushstrokes of deep black tracing the outside and a vibrant red on the inside. Queen of the night tomatoes are sweet, full of flavor, and have a rich scent. These queens are begging to be used in place of ordinary tomatoes. 

You could use these vibrant tomatoes in this Hearty Vegan Lentil Soup.

Queen of the knight tomato with black to red skin and a green stem next to a tomato tart.
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35. Schwartzenbeeren Blackberries

Try and say this name five times fast. These astounding blackberries come in the most delicate cluster of deep purple and onyx-colored pearls. These German-based berries are perfect to eat alone or baked into your favorite pastry or pie. 

Black Schwartzenbeeren garden berries with green stems on a wooden table.
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36. Senshu Kinukawa Mizu Eggplant

Senshu Kinukawa Mizu eggplant is sheer decadence. This eggplant was given the nickname “silk skin” because of its buttery soft flesh and was specifically designed to be eaten raw. You may have never seen yourself biting into a raw, onyx-colored eggplant, but this eggplant is too appetizing not to. 

Senshu eggplant that's purple to black with black to green stems in a wooden box.
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37. Sweetie Pie Blackberry

Sweetie pie, this is a blackberry you don’t want to miss out on trying. This ultra-sweet, thornless blackberry has about 10-12% sugar in each morsel! Sweetie pie berries are extremely juicy, full of sweet flavor, and are the perfect fruit for your next jar of jam or preserves. 

Use these flavorful berries next time you make this Easy Blackberry Smoothie.

Large blackberries covering the table's surface.

38. True Black Brandywine Tomato

Deep earthy flavor, a muted crimson outer flesh, and countless recipes to use this tomato with. This Quaker-founded tomato is a sight to behold with its dark black crevices hidden inside the tomato’s juicy pockets. This smoky tomato is ideal to use in any savory dish. 

39. Wonderberry

Pitch black berries hanging in a bundle off the vine. These black pearls truly are a wonder. Not only a wonder to behold but a wonder at what they can do for your body. These berries are packed with antioxidants and can help to improve your blood sugar. They are high in fiber and have inflammation-fighting properties.

These berries have a very balanced flavor as they aren’t overly sweet, which makes this black nightshade the perfect addition to your next pie or jam. (Be sure to ONLY eat these bakeries if they are fully ripe. Never eat wonderberries if there is any green on them whatsoever.)

Black wonderberries on the branch with green leaves.

40. Zulu Sweet Pepper

A bell pepper — but make it black! Zulu sweet peppers are a brilliant midnight color that has the same crispness as a bell pepper but are so much more fun. Add Zulu peppers to your favorite salsa, fajita mix, or into your next salad for a delightful color splash!

Black zulu peppers in a lime green bowl. Some cut in half showing their lime green flesh.
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Black Beans and Legumes

When it comes to consuming foods that are black, adding beans and legumes to your diet is an incredible way to get an extra dose of protein without breaking the budget. 

Beans and legumes are amazing aids for digestion and are packed with fiber to keep your gut activated. These 13 different black beans and legumes are a wonderful way to add fiber, iron, and potassium into your everyday lifestyle. 

41. Black Beluga Lentils

Pitch black, tiny morsels that are packed with protein, inexpensive, easy to find, and easy to cook with. You can not go wrong with black beluga lentils.

Black lentils are overflowing with antioxidants, protein, and fiber. If you’re wanting an extra dose of protein, add a cup of black lentils to your plate. Just one cup of these caviar-looking morsels has 18g of protein.

Black disk shaped lentils in a wooden spoon spilling over onto the white tabletop.

42. Black Coat Runner Bean

Beans, but make it technicolor! Black coat runner beans are ridiculously gorgeous and flavorful. From pomegranate pink to lilac purple to onyx black, these beans will add vibrancy and protein to any dish you use them with. 

Black coat runner beans showing their rainbow of color from black beans to purple to bright pink.
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43. Black Eyed Pea

Black-eyed peas are popular for a reason (no, not the musical group — the legume). Black-eyed peas are highly nutritious! Rich in fiber, and a great source of protein, these beans are a must-eat.

This southern comfort food is simple and easy to cook and can be been used in stews, salads, or soups. (You can even try using them in some cowboy caviar!)

Large amount of black eyed peas covering the surface of a table.

44. Black Knight Runner Bean

Who needs a white knight when you can have some black knight beans? These captivating beans will not only shock you with their magenta and scarlet hue, but they are tasty to eat as well! Open up these onyx pods to reveal delicious morsels to add to your next salad and brighten up those leafy greens. 

Black knight runner bean with dark purple to black pods and pink to black beans surrounded by its red flowers.
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45. Black Soybean

Everyone has heard about soybeans, so let’s take that up a notch with BLACK soybeans. These mud-colored legumes are native to China and are used in traditional Chinese medicine to help clear toxins from the body. Black soybeans have also been linked to supporting your heart health, possibly helping to reduce the risks of hormone-related cancers, and promoting bone health. These little guys are definitely something you want to start adding to your plate. Oh, did I forget to mention that taste is astounding?

Black soybeans with their green pods laying on a black tray.
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46. Black Turtle Bean

These midnight black beans are popular in Louisiana and Latin America. You can typically find these beans in Creole cuisine because of their versatility and soft creamy flavor. A powerhouse of a black bean, these beans are rich in fiber, antioxidants, and plant-based protein. Use black turtle beans in your next batch of chili or even a bean and cheese burrito for added protein. 

Lots of black turtle beans covering the table's surface.

47. Black Valentine Bean

While these beans may not be good for giving someone as a valentine, they are wonderful for adding to your next stew or soup. Black valentine beans have an earthy, nutty flavor to them. They are packed with protein and antioxidants.

Pile of black valentine beans on a white surface.

48. Calypso Bean

If a Dalmatian were a bean — this is what they would look like. Calypso beans are perfectly black and white spotted beans and are delightful for use in chili, stews, or soups. Rich in fiber and high amounts of fat (the healthy kind), you can’t go wrong with these lustrous beans. 

49. Cherokee Trail Of Tears Bean

These deep, eggplant purple beans were brought over from Tennessee by the Cherokee people in the infamous “Trail of Tears”. This brutal part of United States history is part of why this bean has its name. To remind us of the heartbreaking past and remind us never to repeat it. 

Black beans covering the entire area some of which are in a wooden spoon.

50. Heirloom Chatino Beans

Everything about these black nuggets screams flavor! Chatino black beans are native to the indigenous community of the Chatino community in Titepec near Oaxaca. These beans are used daily in that region of Mexico for their flavor and nutrients. Chatino beans are a tasty variation to standard black beans and have a fun taste to them. 

Wooden plate over flowing with black beans with a wooden spoon on top overflowing with black beans.

51. Kabouli Black Garbanzo Bean

Did you know that garbanzo beans come in black? Well, now you do. These deep-back garbanzo beans have been passed down from generation to generation in the ancient lands of Afghanistan.

These beans are full of sweet, yet earthy, flavor, so they are easy to use in place of regular garbanzo beans. Use these to make hummus, or add them to your next salad for an extra bump of protein. 

Use black chickpeas instead of traditional ones next time you make homemade hummus.

Black chickpeas on a piece of burlap across a wooden table.

52. Schronce’s Black Peanut

A violet-black peanut? Who would have thought? These eye-catching peanuts would be quite the conversation if you put these out at your next party – so why don’t you? Schronce’s Black Peanut has it all. It still has that robust peanut taste that we all know and love but adds a sense of mystery all at the same time. This isn’t JUST a peanut….it’s a black peanut. 

Black peanuts in a white bowl with black peanuts scattered on the surrounding table.

53. Tankuro Edamame

A black soybean from Japan that should be talked about way more — that’s what Tankuro edamame is. These premium soybeans are known for their sweet flavor and are delightful to eat as is, turn into soy milk, or create tofu. Tankuro edamame is edamame – elevated. 

Black edamame with a wooden spoon.

Black Grain

Fruits and vegetables are great, but sometimes you need some starches. Well, now you can have your grains and get plenty of health benefits too. These seven grains are unique, yummy, and ready to be enjoyed. 

54. Black Aztec Corn

Black Aztec corn is a stunning sight with its deep purple and midnight tones that look like decoration more than dinner. This corn dates all the way back to the Aztecs in South America almost 2000 years ago. It’s a wonder how it isn’t more popular in this day in age.

The stalks are full of anthocyanin, are anti-inflammatory, and have antioxidant benefits to help fuel your body. Black Aztec corn does all of these things while looking like a piece of art

55. Black Hulless Barley

Black Hulless Barley is dark and moody and looks as though it should be a fluff piece in a floral arrangement. Little would people know that these stalks of barely are your secret weapon for the “wow” factor at your next dinner party.

Use black hulless barley to make black-colored bread, black pastries, or even black pasta! Then, sit back and enjoy all the oohs and ahhs your friends have to shower you with. 

Small bowl of black barley with a wooden scoop filled next to it.

56. Black Quinoa

Rich in protein and fiber, black quinoa is the talk of the town for a reason. This nutritional whole grain is a wonderful swap for any recipe that uses rice so that you can reap all its health benefits.

Black quinoa can boost your energy levels and can help prevent anemia. It is packed with protein and is a good source of fiber. Black quinoa may not be available at your local grocery store. However, you can easily purchase black quinoa online.

Glass jar of black quinoa with a wooden spoon next to it and a light blue napkin.

57. Forbidden Rice

Things are more fun when they’re forbidden — and this black rice is no different. Forbidden rice, or black rice, is packed with anthocyanin and rich in antioxidants. They may boost heart health and help lower blood sugar levels. It is also naturally gluten-free. So move over white rice. There is a new powerhouse rice in town!  

Forbidden rice is not commonly found in grocery stores, so you may need to purchase it online.

Dark wooden table covered in a pile of black Forbidden rice.

58. Japanese Black Sticky Corn

This deep purple-black and neon-green stalk is a sweet treat! Japanese black sticky corn is often used in Japan to make mochi or to eat as is — because it’s that’s good!  Japanese Black Sticky Corn has been popular in many nations since the 1400s, and for good reason. The taste is out of this world and has incredible anti-inflammatory properties. 

Japanese black sticky corn on the cobs.
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59. Montana Black Popcorn Corn

Another black corn but without such a long history. This superfood has extraordinarily high levels of anthocyanin and is packed with antioxidants. This corn, cultivated in the United States, can be used in cornbread, salads, or even to make tortillas! The options are endless. 

60. Mountain Morado Corn

It’s corn! These midnight-colored kernels are juicy, sweet, and mouthwatering. Packed with anthocyanin, these deep purple-black stalks put regular yellow corn to shame — plus, it looks more elegant. 

Mountain Morado black corn on the cob with vibrant purple husk.
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Edible Black Fungus

If you don’t like mushrooms, I get it. The hatred for mushrooms is usually based on texture, but these aren’t ordinary mushrooms, so maybe stick around and try one. You never know, maybe you’ll find something new you like. 

61. Black Fungus (Auricularia polytricha)

This species of fungus is commercially cultivated specifically for China. Black fungus is a unique mushroom with a mild flavor that has just a hint of smoke to it. The texture remains soft yet crunchy and is ready to elevate your dining experience.

Black fungus has been used medically for centuries as it has been shown to help with jaundice and sore throats. It may also help to lower your cholesterol levels.

62. Black Trumpet Mushroom (Craterellus cornucopioides)

What’s in a name? Well, this mushroom’s name says it all, as it is the perfect shape of a trumpet with dark black skin to it. These black trumpet mushrooms have a slight truffle flavor to them and have plenty of health benefits. Black trumpet mushrooms have been shown to help to lower cholesterol and support bone health.

Cluster of black trumpet mushrooms growing out of the ground.

63. Chaga Mushroom

Chaga mushrooms are wood-looking mushrooms that actually grow on trees, so it makes sense why they look like wood. These earthy-flavored mushrooms are unique in flavor and don’t taste like anything that you would pick up from the store.

Chaga mushrooms are also unique in how many nutrients they contain. From zinc, iron, calcium, B vitamins, copper, amino acids, magnesium, and fiber. These mushrooms are packed with micronutrients, ready to aid your body.

Large chaga mushroom on the side of a downed tree.

Black Nuts & Seeds

We already know that nuts and seeds are healthy for us. Did you know that black nuts and seeds have even more health benefits than regular ones?  These four super seeds are packed with nutrients and easy to find at your local grocery store — and they’re scrumptious. 

64. Black Sesame Seeds

Black sesame seeds are nutrient-rich and have been used for thousands of years. This Asia-founded seed has more nutrients in two tablespoons than other seeds like it. Two tablespoons of black sesame seeds give you three grams of protein, two grams of fiber, 18% of the daily value of calcium and magnesium, and at least 15% of the daily dose of iron.

Black sesame seeds are something you want to add to your diet ASAP. So, sprinkle some on your next bowl of Fried Rice and enjoy!

Black sesame seeds in a small wooden bowl overflowing onto the wooden table.

65. Chia Seeds

Chia seeds have been the talk of the town for a very long time, and there is an exceptional reason for it. These super seeds are rich in minerals, antioxidants, fiber, and Omega-3. The claims of these seeds are accurate. Chia seeds have been shown to help improve your blood sugar, support heart health, and protect your liver.

If you’re on social media at all, you may have seen the chia seed water cleanse or even a recipe for chia seed pudding. So, the next chia seed pudding recipe you see — go ahead and try it out.

Chia seeds in a wooden spoon overflowing onto the table.

66. Poppy Seeds

Mmmm, lemon poppy seed muffins or poppyseed bagels — no matter if you’re team sweet or savory, poppy seeds are phenomenal either way. Poppy seeds are obtained from the bright orange poppy flower.

Poppy seeds are rich in manganese and are a good source of copper and calcium.

Poppy seeds in a wooden spoon with dried poppy flower stems next to them.

67. Sunflower Seeds

Sunflower seeds have been a popular snack for a long time, and for good reason.  These seeds are packed with vitamins such as riboflavin, niacin, folate, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin B6, and thiamine. So keep snacking away because these sunflower seeds are not only a tasty food but incredible for your health.

Sunflower seeds covering the entire surface.

Edible Black Flowers

Yes, flowers can be edible, and we have a list of breathtaking black flowers that are perfect to add to your next dessert or salad. 

68. Arikara Sunflower

These gorgeous bright yellow sunflowers have the most luscious deep brown center in the middle of them. The center of the sunflower contains dozens of seeds that are not only edible but delicious. Roast the seeds, throw some salt on top, and have the best snack of the day. 

Arikara sunflowers with yellow petals and black seeds growing in a field.

69. Black Boy Bachelor’s Button

These rich purple flowers with a dark black center are so stunning you’ll be surprised that you can actually eat them. Black boy bachelor’s button flowers look as if they should be surrounding a cottage in an old fairytale, and they can be. But they can also be used as a garnish, used in tea, or even used to decorate a cake. 

Dark fuscia color to black flowers with green stems in a clear glass vase.
Image by Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

70. Black Devil Pansy

The black devil pansy is a menacing-looking flower that looks as if it would be something written by Edgar Allan Poe. This deep black flower is a sight to behold and is also perfectly edible. Use this flower as décor on a pastry or soak it in your tea for added fun. 

Stark black pansy growing in the garden.

71. Black Magic Chocolate Cosmos

These breathtaking burgundy flowers have a deep black center in the middle, and if you give them a sniff, they somewhat resemble chocolate. Black magic chocolate cosmos are Mexican flowers that are absolutely stunning to look at. They are perfect to use as decoration for a cake. Don’t be fooled, though. While they smell like chocolate, they don’t actually taste like chocolate.  

Cosmos Black Magic flowers with green stems laying on a wooden surface.
Image by Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

72. Black Parrot Tulip

If there were ever a flower to look like a bouquet of feathers — this would be it. Which is exactly where this tulip gets its name from. They are a rich purple to deep Onyx black. A black parrot tulip is the perfect cake topper to steal everyone’s gaze. 

Purple-black ruffled edge parrot tulip growing amoungst orange flowers.

73. Bowles Black Viola

These violet and galaxy-colored flowers resemble morning glory while having a life all their own.  These stunning flowers are perfect to add to the topping of any pastry or cake to add depth and beauty to any special occasion. 

74. Chocolate Cherry Sunflower

If only these sunflower seeds tasted like chocolate and cherry, we may never need to have dessert ever again. Instead, these flowers only resemble the colors of rich brown chocolate and deep red cherry in their petals. While the petals may not be delicious, it’s the seeds of this obsidian-colored flower that you want to keep around to munch on. 

Chocolate cherry sunflowers overflowing a wooden box.
Image by Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

75. Hopi Black Dye Sunflower

Looking into the center of this sunflower is like looking through a maze, trying to find which seed is which, or looking into the galaxy where there are no stars, just little flickers. The deep black seeds of this sunflower are mesmerizing, delicious, and full of vitamins and rich protein.

Hopi black dye sunflower with vibrant green leaves being held in a womans hands.
Image by Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

76. Jet Black Hollyhock

The name of this flower says it all, a jet-black and deep purple flower that is quite a sight to behold. This historical flower from the 1600s has stood the test of time and should be celebrated. So press these flowers into some cookies or toss them in a salad to be enjoyed and adored. 

Burgundy-black hollyhocks growing in a garden.

Prepared Foods

We’ve talked a lot about different black vegetables, fruits, grains, mushrooms, and flowers. However, some prepared foods should get some attention as well. The following prepared foods are a mixture of sweet, tangy, and savory. So, no matter what mood you’re in — one of these is sure to make your mouth water. 

Interested in diving into orange foods? Check out this blog post, Foods That Are Orange!

77. Black Chocolate Vegan Brioche Donuts

Talk about delicious and decadent. These vegan black chocolate brioche donuts are divine! Black cocoa powder is used to give these vegan donuts their deep, rich color.

Black chocolate stuffed donuts in a baking pan lined with brown parchment paper.
Image by Make It Dairy Free

78. Black Garlic

Black garlic is regular garlic aged under just the right conditions. When garlic is left in high humidity but low heat for the right amount of time, it naturally turns this deep brown-black color.

Black garlic close up of the cloves.

79. Black Hummus

Black hummus can be made in several different ways. You could use black garbanzo beans instead of the traditional creamy-colored chickpeas. Alternatively, you could use black sesame tahini instead of traditional tahini, which is a light tan color. Or, instead of making hummus, you could use black beans in place of chickpeas. (This would technically be considered black bean dip, but I’ve heard people call it hummus.) Finally, you could add charcoal powder to traditionally made hummus.

80. Black Ice Cream

My favorite black ice cream is vegan nice cream made with any of my favorite fruits plus charcoal powder. It does work better with dull-colored fruits as opposed to vibrant ones.

Black charcoal vegan ice cream in white bowls on a wooden serving board.

82. Black Lemonade 

Black lemonade is easy to make. You can make your homemade lemonade as usual and then add in some black charcoal powder and combine thoroughly.

Black lemonade in a clear glass cup with fresh lemon slice on the rim.

83. Balsamic Vinegar

Balsamic vinegar and balsamic glaze are beautiful additions to salads, pizza, pasta, bread, and more!

Dark balsamic vinegar in a small glass pitcher with grapes on the table next to it.

84. Black Tahini Brownies

Adding black sesame tahini to brownies can give them a beautiful deep rich color. These brownies by Kenkō Kitchen are both stunning and delicious!

Black brownies on on a piece of parchement paper.
Image by Kenkō Kitchen

85. Black Beans Soup

Black bean soup is simply delicious. Starting out, black beans are obviously black. However, blended up, the soup does turn a dark brown color. To keep it a deep black color, you would need to add some charcoal powder to it; otherwise, enjoy it as is!

FAQ

What food is naturally black?

There are plenty of fruits and vegetables that are packed with anthocyanin and give them a black appearance. Everything from carrots to rice, to tomatoes. Read the list above to find out more!

What are some popular black foods?

The most commonly eaten black foods would be black beans, eggplant, blackberries, huckleberries, black rice, black olives, and black-eyed peas. There are a lot more, so scroll through the list and see if any others stand out to you.  

What snacks are the color black?

Sunflower seeds, black soybeans, blackberries, huckleberries, black olives, and black raspberries are all delightful snacks that have a black hue. 

Is there a black carrot? 

Yes! The black nebula carrot is stunning to behold as well as the Pusa Asita black carrot. 

Final Words

There is a large world of fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, and edible flowers out there. Each one of them is packed with nutrients that benefit your health in everyday life.

Some of these items may not be common in your day-to-day grocery stores. However, try checking out your local Indian or Asian market to find some of these spectacular superfoods. Food is an adventure, and it’s just waiting for someone to start the journey. 

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  1. What a great article. I had never thought much about all the different types of black foods before!