Your plate will be pretty in pink with foods that are pink! Plus, with healthy pink foods, you’ll be giving your body more of what it needs to thrive. Pink fruits and pink vegetables are all around us, and when you have foods that are pink in color, your body will thank you. If you’re wondering what some pink foods are, this list is here to help!
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What makes food pink?
Foods that are pink have pigments from natural compounds known as anthocyanins and betalains. They’re not at all related and are never in the same plant though they can provide that same pink color to your foods.
In pink fruits and vegetables, you’ll find anthocyanins which are a type of flavonoid. They make plants look less delicious to herbivores that may eat up all their leaves. Yet, they will attract pollinators to help with seed dispersal. But it’s not just about color, for this is one potent antioxidant that can help protect you from inflammation and diseases.
Betalains give healthy pink foods a red or pink color (including millennial pink). For some, certain betalains may not be processed properly by the body. This can lead to red urine or stools when the pigment comes out.
What foods are pink?
If you’re wondering what foods are pink, you can surely think of a few. But can you think of 75 different pink foods?
The List: 75 Foods That Are Pink
What vegetables are pink?
Pink vegetables are quite plentiful. Here’s what you should look for the next time you stock up on veggies for the week.
Beets are a beautiful deep fuchsia pink. They are an excellent source of folate and a good source of manganese. Beets can also be used as a natural dye.
2. Boniato Sweet Potato
This tasty sweet potato has dark pink skin and white flesh. It is starchy, sweet, and slightly nutty in flavor. Boniato is a good source of fiber, potassium, and vitamin B6.
The mention of sweet potato has me dreaming of this Vegan Sweet Potato Ice Cream!
3. China Rose Radish
As the name suggests, China rose radish comes from China. It’s barbie pink and hot just like other radishes but with a sweet side. You’ll find that China rose radish brings an intense taste to your favorite side dish such as salads or sauces.
4. Chinese Pink Celery
This stunning pink veggie is slightly smaller and thinner than its traditional green counterpart. It had white to light pink stalks and green leaves. It has a stronger flavor though so it may be small but it’s flavor-packed!
5. Clancy Potato
These vibrant potatoes have rosy pink to deep red skin and warm white flesh. It has a deliciously creamy texture perfect for mashed
6. Highland Burgundy Potato
These vibrant potatoes are a deep burgundy on the outside and on the inside is bright pink with a white ring around the edges. They are perfect for use in your favorite baked and mashed potato recipes.
7. Japanese Pink Mizuna
This vibrant veggie has a similar taste to arugula. It has pink-purple stalks with green leaves. It can be enjoyed both cooked or raw.
8. Kerrs Pink Potato
An heirloom with light pink skin and white flesh. It is perfect for mashed potatoes or your favorite potato soup.
9. Mountain Rose Potato
The mountain rose potato may look red on the outside, but on the inside is a range of deep pinks. It has more antioxidants than white potatoes. Making your favorite potato dishes using these pink potatoes is a great option. How about some Vegan Potato Soup, Potato Leek Soup, or Oven-Baked French Fries.
10. Ornamental Cabbage and Kale
Even though it is ornamental, it can be eaten. However, these two ornamental leafy vegetables are bitter. They do make a beautiful addition to your garden though!
11. Pink Beauty Radish
This pink vegetable is a bit rare and difficult to find. It has a sweet flavor unlike more traditional spicy radishes, and a beautiful round shape too. They are a good source of vitamin C.
12. Pink Radicchio
When I think of popular millennial pink foods I think of pink radicchio. It’s pink-colored lettuce that looks like flower petals. Hailing from Italy originally, it can be a bit hard to find at your local grocery store. This low-calorie vegetable is high in vitamin K.
13. Pusa Gulabi Radish
Originating from India, this radish is a bright rose-pink to its core. This vibrant radish is spicy and a great source of antioxidants.
14. Rainbow Carrots
These colorful carrots are just like the traditional orange carrots but they come in a variety of colors including deep pink. Carrots are known to contain beta carotene and to be an excellent source of vitamin A. Rainbow carrots can be used similarly to orange carrots like Carrot Ginger Soup.
15. Rose Finn Fingerling Potato
This fingerling potato has rosy pink skin with a creamy white-yellow inside. It’s an heirloom fingerling potato, and if you can find it, you’re going to love its mellow, earthy taste. They are an excellent source of vitamin C.
From the family Polygonaceae, rhubarb’s roots were initially used for medicinal purposes. Then the stalks were cooked for use in meals. Don’t eat the large leaves though as they contain oxalic acid, but the stalks can be used with ease.
However, this pink vegetable is versatile and can be used in both savory and sweet dishes or even pickled.
17. Swiss Chard
Green and leafy Swiss chard is probably the last thing you’d picture on a list of foods that are pink. Yet, its colorful stalks can come in pink, among other colors. As such, you will love it in place of spinach during the summer months. It’s an enduring veggie that survives drought and frigid conditions.
18. Watermelon Radish
Watermelon radish is one of the prettiest pink foods there is. It makes for a gorgeous presentation in any dish.
You’ll love the taste of watermelon radishes too. They have a juicy yet crunchy texture. And they’re a little sweet and a little peppery all at once.
19. Zebrune Shallot Onion
French heirloom shallot that is pink-tan. It has an elongated shape similar to zucchini. It is hardy in cold temperatures and stores well.
What fruits are pink?
Pink fruits are delightful and refreshing. Just think of grapefruit! But if that’s the only one you can think of, you’re about to discover a whole bunch more fruits that are pink to enjoy daily!
20. Banana Squash
Banana squash has a light pink hue skin with a more traditional orange-colored flesh They are winter squash and can grow to be up to three feet long.
21. Black Mission Figs
These are the most commonly found figs. The skin is a deep blue-purple almost black (but not quite) while their juicy flesh is rosy pink.
22. Brown Turkey Figs
Brown Turkey Figs are one of the larger fig varieties with brown to purple to green skin and light pink flesh.
23. Cara Cara Oranges
Seek out this pink fruit and you’ll be rewarded with vitamins A and C for antioxidant power. This fleshy navel orange may have developed in this way as a random mutation from a Washington navel orange tree. Regardless of how it came to be, these tasty oranges bring you folate and lycopene, the latter of which is why they look so pink and pretty!
24. Dragon fruit
From Southeast Asia as well as Central and South America, dragon fruit is also known as pitaya. It is large and round, with skin that is pink in color with a thick texture. Inside, you’ll find flesh that is deep pink flecked with tiny black seeds. (Dragon fruit also comes with white flesh and one variety with yellow skin.)
It has a mild sweet taste and is often an ingredient for drinks to give them a pretty pop of color. Dragon fruit is an excellent source of magnesium and contains carotenoids, betacyanins, and polyphenols.
25. Golden Globe Pomegranate
This may be a pomegranate you haven’t seen before. It has creamy yellow skin with seeds that range from translucent to salmon pink.
Guava is native to Central and South America and it known to be a Caribbean fruit. While the exterior is green, the fleshy inside is pink and juicy. The tropical tastes you get are sweet yet sour all at once. Guava is an excellent source of vitamin C and a good source of fiber.
27. Heirloom Tomatoes
There are several varieties of heirloom tomatoes that have a pink tint to them. If you have the option, opt for heirloom tomatoes over more widely sold tomatoes. Tomatoes that you traditionally find at the grocery stores are grown for their looks whereas heirloom tomatoes are grown for their taste. Heirloom tomatoes are rich in vitamin C and A.
28. Hidden Rose Apple
Malus Domestica is the botanical classification for this pink fruit. These apples ripen later and first were found in Oregon. Their unusual flesh along with a nice firm and dense texture bode well for this apple. It has a sweet and tart flavor that may remind you of strawberry lemonade.
29. Java Apple
The java apple’s shape resembles the shape of a bell. Its vibrant exterior contrasts with its white interior. The java apple has a high water content so biting into this sweet fruit feels similar to eating watermelon.
30. Koshu Grapes
These tasty grapes come from Japan and have soft light pink color. They are used to make white wine.
Loganberries are a cross between raspberries and blackberries. They range in color from deep purple to bright pink. These tasty berries are high in anti-inflammatory antioxidants and are rich in flavor.
32. Lilly Pilly Berries
Lilly pilly berries are native to Southeast Asia and Australia. They are a vibrant color pink and an excellent source of vitamin C.
Lychee is a sweet fruit with a slight floral tone. It is native to Southeast Asia. They are a good source of vitamin C.
34. Okinawa Pink Okra
Originating in Okinawa Japan, this deep fuchsia-colored veggie. It is rich in vitamin C and is a good source of fiber.
35. Pink Banana
Pink bananas are a small vibrant seedy fruit rich in vitamin B6. It’s tangy and sweet all at the same time.
36. Pink Grapefruit
Pink grapefruit is sweet yet bitter, but you’ll love this subtropical fruit. While there are many varieties, pink seems to be the most esteemed of this type of pink fruit. It is an excellent source of vitamin A and C. Pink grapefruits are a low glycemic index food so all can enjoy them!
37. Pink Lady Apple
This tasty apple has vibrant pink skin and creamy white flesh. It is a sweet-tart apple perfect for snacking and baking alike.
38. Pink Lemonade Blueberries
You probably know blueberries are one of those superfoods you should be eating. But this pink berry will surprise you partly because you’d expect it to be blue.
The other way it will surprise you is with the taste. It’s twice as sweet as the blue varieties. These tasty pink berries contain powerful antioxidants and are high in fiber, manganese, vitamin C, and vitamin K.
Use these pink berries instead of traditional blueberries in this Blueberry Smoothie Bowl for a delightful pink hue.
39. Pink Lime
Pink limes almost look like mini grapefruits with their creamsicle orange skin and light pink flesh. It has a similar taste to more widely available green limes.
40. Pink Pearl Apple
This apple has creamy yellow skin with vibrant pink flesh. They are sweet-tart in flavor and are a good source of fiber and vitamin C.
41. Pink Peppercorn
Why yes, pink peppercorns are a pink fruit! They are the dried rose-colored berries of the plant and are similar to black pepper, though with a more mild and sweet peppery taste.
42. Pinkglow Pineapple
The pink pineapples are botanically known as Ananas comosus. It is a rare type of pineapple with pink flesh inside, made by Del Monte. This newer pineapple (which came out in 2020) is made in extremely limited quantities since it takes 2 years to grow. The rosy color is due to its high concentration of lycopene which has been bioengineered so the pineapple won’t turn that yellow color we usually think of when we have pineapples.
43. Pink Pomelo
Pomelos are related to grapefruit. This pink variety is juicy and sweet. Pomelos are rich in vitamin C and a good source of potassium.
44. Pink Popcorn Blueberries
Yes, another pink blueberry! This pink fruit has the same benefits as blueberries, including the pink lemonade blueberries mentioned above. Sometimes it is called MNPink1, which was first introduced by the University of Minnesota. What makes these unique is that they are very durable and hardy even in the cold. They are high in fiber, manganese, vitamin C, and vitamin K.
This blueberry limeade is easy to make and tasty a heck! Imagine if it was pink!
45. Pink Reliance Grapes
This bold pink grape gets its name from being so durable. It can tolerate the cold and is unaffected by most diseases.
46. Pink Satin Pomegranate
This rosy pink pomegranate is much lighter in color than the more widely available deep red pomegranate. Its arils are light pink in color and are deliciously sweet.
47. Pink Variegated Eureka Lemon
Pink variegated Eureka lemons have yellow and green skin with a light pink flesh. They are an excellent source of fiber and vitamin C.
48. Rainier Cherry
Rainier cherries are two-toned with creamy yellow and pink skin and creamy yellow flesh. They are sweeter than many other varieties because they are less acidic.
Rainier cherries are absolutely delicious in this Dairy-Free Cherry Bruschetta recipe.
Sweet-tart raspberries are a pink berry that comes from the rose family. Raspberries are an excellent source of fiber, manganese, and vitamin C. In addition, they are a good source of vitamin K.
50. Rosé Berries
Also known as pink strawberries, these are basically Driscoll’s answer to everyone’s love of rosé. They created this variety of pink fruit without GMOs to bring you something sweet and juicy with lovely peachy hints and florals.
51. Sandra Rose
Sandra Rose cherries are large and sweet in taste, making them a pink fruit to pick for your best health. Brimming with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds, these are a prime choice for healthy snacking any time you can find them.
52. Savagnin Rose Grapes
These grapes are incredibly rare and only grown in limited areas of Europe. They are used to make a very extravagant white wine.
53. Sue Cherry
This small cherry’s skin is two-tone. It ranges from warm cream to deep pink with its flesh leaning towards cream. Cherries are a great source of vitamin C and a good source of fiber.
In case you’re looking for a new cherry recipe to try, try out these Cherry Limeade Popsicles for a refreshing treat on a hot summer’s day.
54. Sweet Pomegranate
This pomegranate variety has vibrant pink skin with grades of creamy yellow. The arils are bright pink and perfect for juicing.
55. Tickled Pink Grape
This tasty seedless grape is simply divine. They taste like fruity cream soda. Does it get better than that?
What beans are pink?
Pink beans are another way to get more pink food in your diet. Beans are notoriously filling and make a wonderful meatless protein for meals or side dishes.
56. Cranberry Beans
Cranberry beans are also known as borlotti beans. These are common beans, bred in Colombia. It’s medium to large in size with a splash of pink magenta. They are an excellent source of protein, fiber, magnesium, iron, vitamin B6, and calcium.
57. Pink Beans
Pink beans are bush beans. They have a rich flavor that is a bit meaty. Pink beans are an excellent source of dietary fiber, protein, and iron.
Are there pink mushrooms?
Yes, there are pink mushrooms. However, most should be avoided and not eaten with one exception.
58. Pink Oyster Mushroom
The pink oyster mushrooms like to grow in warmer humid climates. They are an excellent source of niacin and vitamin B8. Pink oyster mushrooms are also a good source of fiber and protein.
What edible pink flowers are there?
You can even eat pink flowers as you crusade on your mission to better health. While we don’t suggest snatching up a bouquet of pink flowers at a wedding or event, you can eat these pink flowers safely.
59. Dianthus Petals
Grown organically, the petals of dianthus are edible. You may have seen them on cakes as decorations, in salads, or on sandwiches. The calyx and bitter white base should be taken off though. In Chinese Traditional Medicine (TCM), the dianthus pink flower was used to treat problems with urination. It can also be made into a tonic for digestive health.
60. Clover Flowers
Also called trefoil, the clover flowers come from Trifolium, a genus that has about 300 different species of plants in the legume family. It originates in Europe and these leaves and flowers can be eaten safely.
Cooked or raw, you can enjoy clover flowers in a number of ways. Eating fresh new leaves is best to get plenty of protein and vitamins. They’re great in salads or served as cooked greens. You can even use the flower heads for delicious teas.
Interested in learning about other colored foods? Try this blog post Foods That Are Orange!
61. Garlic Flowers
Garlic flowers, or garlic scapes, refer to the flower bud on the garlic plant. These flowers and seeds are edible too. This is probably one of the most delicious pink plants out there. They infuse grand flavor in butter or oil for green veggies and stir-fry dishes.
And while they taste great, they treat you to health benefits just like the garlic cloves themselves.
62. Hollyhock Petals
Alcea rosea is the hollyhock plant with bright pink flowers. While hollyhock petals have barely any taste, they look beautiful when added to your dishes. The petals are the only part you should eat though.
63. Rose Petals
Rose petals in cooking are as regal as it sounds. It’s been done since the days of ancient kingdoms in Greece and Rome. You can simply add a few petals to your salad for a gorgeous pink presentation and taste.
Salt That’s Pink
64. Himalayan Pink Salt
Himalayan salt is mined in the mountains of Pakistan. It contains trace amounts of calcium, chromium, iron, magnesium, and sulfate.
65. Beet Hummus
66. Cotton Candy
67. Passion Fruit Tea
68. Pickled Red Cabbage
69. Pickled Red Onion
70. Pink Grapefruit Juice
71. Pink Lemonade
72. Pink Pasta
73. Rhubarb Pie
74. Strawberry Ice Cream
75. Turkish Delight
Beets, strawberries, and raspberries all make for great natural food coloring. Think about what tone of pink and what flavor you are going for, and pick accordingly.
You can use a juicer or purée it with some water. Then, pour the liquid into a small saucepan and reduce it at a simmer until the color is nice and bold. If you chose to purée instead of juicing, you will want to strain the liquid through a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth.
There are at least 75 pink foods to brighten your plate.
Pink Foods Conclusion
When you choose foods that are pink to eat, you will consume more antioxidants overall. This helps all the systems in your body function properly.
While some of these pink foods may be more challenging to find, others are readily available. You can mix and match them throughout the seasons to bring more color to your plate and more health to your body.
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