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ipsedixit Feb 10, 2013 10:32 AM

What foods are blue in color?

Blueberries come to mind but they're more purple than blue, but that's quibbling. Bilberries and blue potatoes and corn are others I suppose.

What other blue foods are there?

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  1. iluvcookies RE: ipsedixit Feb 10, 2013 10:41 AM

    Red onions will turn a shade of blue when an acid is added, but that's all I can think of.

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      guilty RE: iluvcookies Feb 10, 2013 03:25 PM

      ditto for red cabbage

      ETA: actually, you want to add something alkaline to red cabbage to turn blue, like baking soda. I think this is true for red onions, as well.

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        iluvcookies RE: guilty Feb 11, 2013 08:26 AM

        You may be correct on that... I know it's a pH change that causes the color shift.

    2. foodieX2 RE: ipsedixit Feb 10, 2013 10:45 AM



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        don515 RE: foodieX2 Feb 10, 2013 10:46 AM

        you could make blue margaritas just use blue curisal (sp) instead of triple sec

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          emerita RE: don515 Feb 10, 2013 04:56 PM

          That would be "curacao", the liqueur. One of the well-known makers is Bols.

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          ipsedixit RE: foodieX2 Feb 10, 2013 11:12 AM

          @iluvcookies and foodieX2

          That's a good point about adding acid to certain foods to make them blue. Thanks.

        3. The Dairy Queen RE: ipsedixit Feb 10, 2013 11:26 AM

          Bleu cheese?

          Certain edible flowers

          Blue eggs (if serving in the shells is acceptable)

          Blue foot chicken


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            ipsedixit RE: The Dairy Queen Feb 10, 2013 11:32 AM

            I like the blue eggs and chicken ideas. Thanks.

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            nlgardener RE: ipsedixit Feb 10, 2013 11:41 AM

            Blue corn chips
            Blue tea

            1. porker RE: ipsedixit Feb 10, 2013 11:50 AM

              Blue crab (although turns red when cooked...), likely some cereals, smarties/M&Ms, some parrotfish (don't know how the color changes with cooking on this one).

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                ipsedixit RE: porker Feb 10, 2013 11:51 AM

                Thanks, but I'm looking for non-processed foods, so things like cereals and candy would be out.

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                  wattacetti RE: ipsedixit Feb 10, 2013 04:46 PM

                  So Smurfs are out too?

              2. westsidegal RE: ipsedixit Feb 10, 2013 12:07 PM

                not positive, but i vaguely recall hearing about some edible violets.

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                  ipsedixit RE: westsidegal Feb 10, 2013 12:18 PM

                  Yes. Certain blue flowers are definitely edible. Thanks.

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                    sandylc RE: ipsedixit Feb 10, 2013 08:03 PM

                    Like borage flowers - they taste like cucumbers.

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                    EWSflash RE: westsidegal Feb 11, 2013 06:23 PM

                    They're purple, mostly. Pansies can approach blue, and they're tasty, too.

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                      babette feasts RE: westsidegal Feb 11, 2013 06:42 PM

                      Cornflower petals are edible as well.


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                      wattacetti RE: ipsedixit Feb 10, 2013 12:59 PM

                      Several varieties of plum are blue.

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                        magiesmom RE: ipsedixit Feb 10, 2013 02:01 PM

                        ok, so why, if I may ask?

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                          The Dairy Queen RE: magiesmom Feb 10, 2013 04:30 PM

                          I'm hoping for photos of what I'm imagining will be an all-blue meal.


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                          gordeaux RE: ipsedixit Feb 10, 2013 02:04 PM

                          Boo-Berry cereal

                          1. Veggo RE: ipsedixit Feb 10, 2013 02:12 PM

                            A half pint of chicken livers in a pint container in the back of the fridge take on a lovely blue hue after about 7 months.

                            1. Tripeler RE: ipsedixit Feb 10, 2013 03:30 PM

                              Uhhh, Chicken Cordon Bleu?

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                                jumpingmonk RE: Tripeler Feb 10, 2013 04:21 PM

                                If you have a big garden there is a tree fruit called Decaisnea fargessi that is sort of blue http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decaisnea

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                                afridgetoofar RE: ipsedixit Feb 10, 2013 04:33 PM

                                Ling cod is a lovely shade of blue when raw but I don't think it retains its color when cooked.

                                Black rice turns an interesting shade of blue/purple when cooked, especially if you stir in some coconut or other milk to spread the color.

                                1. Tripeler RE: ipsedixit Feb 10, 2013 04:34 PM

                                  Curious to know why you need blue foods...

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                                    ipsedixit RE: Tripeler Feb 10, 2013 07:03 PM

                                    Isn't it obvious?

                                    My avatar is losing its vibrant hue.

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                                      Lillipop RE: ipsedixit Feb 10, 2013 08:06 PM


                                  2. Antilope RE: ipsedixit Feb 10, 2013 04:57 PM

                                    Blue Jello!

                                    A word of caution (and looking back at it, humor).
                                    When blue jello first came out, I made a dessert with blue jello and cool whip. The blue jello dessert looked beautiful and delicious, I thought. Unfortunately, about the same time, we started using the cleaner that turns the toilet bowl water blue.

                                    The kids took one look at the blue jello dessert and said, GROSS! and wouldn't even try it. Oh well, I thought, all the more for me.

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                                      porker RE: Antilope Feb 10, 2013 05:05 PM

                                      theres a drink called the tidy bowl with the above-mentioned blue curacao and other booze with a couple of raisins as garnish for effect - along the same lines.

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                                      emerita RE: ipsedixit Feb 10, 2013 05:15 PM

                                      If "foods" allows for drinkables: Bombay Sapphire gin is
                                      blue and could be used for, e.g., blue martinis before the
                                      themed meal.

                                      Otherwise ... good luck on this one, which the Romans tackled 2,000 years ago -- the racing chariots had different team colors, and the winning owner dinner had to do a victory dinner all in that color. Today we might try mostly white/pale foods, but trim with blue flowers & the like, use blue tablecloth, dishes, etc.,then go with deep blue LIGHTING throughout the meal!

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                                        CanadaGirl RE: emerita Feb 10, 2013 05:26 PM

                                        Bombay Sapphire is in a blue bottle, but the gin itself is clear.

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                                          iluvcookies RE: CanadaGirl Feb 11, 2013 08:28 AM

                                          I think that the gin looks blue under certain kinds of light, like blacklight.

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                                            mpjmph RE: iluvcookies Feb 11, 2013 09:35 AM

                                            That might be the trick... Serve all white foods, but with a black light!

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                                              gembellina RE: iluvcookies Feb 11, 2013 11:54 AM

                                              It's the quinine in the tonic water that fluoresces under UV light, not the gin.

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                                                iluvcookies RE: gembellina Feb 11, 2013 12:21 PM

                                                Ah yes... it has to be a gin and tonic! Thanks :)

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                                                  CanadaGirl RE: iluvcookies Feb 11, 2013 03:41 PM

                                                  Yep! Love gin and tonic under black light- freaks people out a bit though :)

                                        2. Breadcrumbs RE: ipsedixit Feb 10, 2013 05:15 PM

                                          This is for those of us from Toronto. Blue Jello made in the Toronto Blue Jay Jello mold.

                                          Unfortunately I don't have a photo of the fabulous final creation but...

                                          Here's the mold:


                                          and here's the Jello:


                                          How's that ipsedixit?!! : )

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                                            ipsedixit RE: Breadcrumbs Feb 10, 2013 07:03 PM

                                            I'm sorry, but Jell-O (though I love it madly) qualifies as processed, which won't cut it for purposes of my request.


                                          2. Antilope RE: ipsedixit Feb 10, 2013 07:26 PM

                                            Blue foods are on the supermarket shelf next to the foods that rhyme with "orange".

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                                              HillJ RE: Antilope Feb 12, 2013 02:15 PM

                                              Anti, u r one clever CH.

                                            2. eclecticsynergy RE: ipsedixit Feb 11, 2013 06:59 AM

                                              Other than edible flowers, truly blue food is essentially all unnatural. I remember hearing back in the 70s about some studies which showed that people tend to avoid blue food instinctively when given the choice.

                                              You could make blue gel or pudding using raspberry flavoring and natural blue food coloring (if indeed there is such a thing) with gelatin or some less processed agent- agar agar or rennet puddings come to mind, perhaps even chia seeds which are reputed to form a sort of pudding when left overnight in liquid. I've been meaning to try the chia thing myself.


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                                                porker RE: eclecticsynergy Feb 11, 2013 08:14 AM

                                                While night fishing in Key West a coupla months ago, I felt something kinda sucking on my right foot. I turned on my flashlight to discover an octopus trying to eat me. It was quite blue.
                                                I don't know who was startled more, but I tried to catch him as he scuttled under a rock. Had I been successful, he certainly would have been food and I think, quite natural.

                                              2. The Dairy Queen RE: ipsedixit Feb 11, 2013 07:03 AM

                                                Oh! I just remembered, during the Minnesota State Fair, the seed artists use poppy seeds for blue... I can't imagine what food you'd have that you'd want to absolutely bury in poppy seeds, but I just thought I'd throw that out there...


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                                                  nemo RE: ipsedixit Feb 11, 2013 09:18 AM

                                                  Found this violet sugar. http://www.albertyferranadria.com/eng...

                                                  Just an FYI. I made violet jelly one spring, and while the infusion was very violet colored, the resulting jelly was very pale. Plus, it had no flavor. Just tasted like sweet gelatin. Will never make again, as the picking of the tiny flowers was a PITA for such a disappointing end product.

                                                  Maybe you could make a very strong, concentrated violet infusion and use it to tint something.

                                                  Also, there is a drink called The Blue Devil.

                                                  1. almond tree RE: ipsedixit Feb 11, 2013 10:25 AM

                                                    Surprised nobody's mentioned blue grapes yet.

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                                                      ipsedixit RE: almond tree Feb 11, 2013 10:59 AM

                                                      Yes indeed. Good call.

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                                                      Fydeaux RE: ipsedixit Feb 11, 2013 11:14 AM

                                                      Purple sweet potatoes are often closer to blue than purple after boiling and mashing. The difference might be caused by variation in ripeness, but I'm really not sure.

                                                      1. porker RE: ipsedixit Feb 11, 2013 11:41 AM

                                                        Does purplish count? Maybe purple cabbage (the color may run blue in a slaw) or eggplant?

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                                                          ipsedixit RE: porker Feb 11, 2013 02:32 PM

                                                          Those are definitely more purple than blue. Thanks though.

                                                        2. Veggo RE: ipsedixit Feb 11, 2013 04:13 PM

                                                          Huitlacoche is steely blue when raw on the corn cob, but becomes black ink darkness when cooked. Fun stuff.

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                                                            ipsedixit RE: Veggo Feb 11, 2013 04:16 PM

                                                            Got it.

                                                            Huitlacoche sashimi, it is!

                                                          2. Servorg RE: ipsedixit Feb 11, 2013 04:51 PM


                                                            1. porker RE: ipsedixit Feb 11, 2013 04:54 PM

                                                              old lady hair?

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                                                                Veggo RE: porker Feb 11, 2013 04:59 PM

                                                                You mean blue hair pasta?

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                                                                CapnComte RE: ipsedixit Feb 11, 2013 05:17 PM

                                                                Blue cauliflower ...elderberries ...some figs.

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                                                                  ipsedixit RE: CapnComte Feb 11, 2013 07:00 PM

                                                                  I've seen purple, green, orange and of course white cauliflower. But never blue.

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                                                                    CapnComte RE: ipsedixit Feb 12, 2013 02:28 PM

                                                                    The purple caulis turn blue when you cook them and though I've never tried I have seen blue cauliflower at the market. Only once though so it might've been a weird purple one. : )

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                                                                      ipsedixit RE: CapnComte Feb 12, 2013 02:31 PM

                                                                      Maybe a purple and a white cauliflower got a little too, ahem, cozy in the fields ...

                                                                2. Robin Joy RE: ipsedixit Feb 11, 2013 07:52 PM

                                                                  As others have rightly said, there is no really blue food except maybe the flower suggestion. Proper blueness will only be achieved by artificial methods i.e. food dye.

                                                                  This is why sticking plasters used in commercial kitchens are blue. Easier to spot in the risotto!

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                                                                    Bkeats RE: ipsedixit Feb 12, 2013 01:06 PM


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                                                                      ipsedixit RE: Bkeats Feb 12, 2013 02:01 PM

                                                                      That's purple.

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                                                                      klyeoh RE: ipsedixit Feb 14, 2013 04:28 AM

                                                                      In Malaysia's Kelantan state, a popular staple is rice tinted blue with the use of a local flower called "bunga telang".

                                                                      The dish is called "nasi kerabu":


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                                                                        Breadcrumbs RE: klyeoh Feb 14, 2013 04:47 PM

                                                                        That's very interesting klyeoh. Do you have any insights as to why they tint their rice?

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                                                                          klyeoh RE: Breadcrumbs Feb 15, 2013 12:18 AM

                                                                          No particular reason for them to choose blue, except perhaps they thought the color was attractive.

                                                                          In Malacca (another Malaysian state), there are also a few food items colored blue using "bunga telang" as well, like this "apom berkuah" or pancakes-with-caramelised-bananas dessert.


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                                                                            Breadcrumbs RE: klyeoh Feb 15, 2013 03:32 PM

                                                                            So beautiful, thank-you for sharing these links.

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                                                                              klyeoh RE: Breadcrumbs Feb 15, 2013 04:08 PM

                                                                              Eye-popping color for a food stuff, eh?

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                                                                                Servorg RE: klyeoh Feb 15, 2013 04:26 PM

                                                                                Eye-popping, (in terms of both color and literal use of the word) has to go to the swordfish orb I linked to above - and all natural too boot: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8898... - and having been the honored guest at a post Ramadan feast in Saudi once in which I was presented one of the sheeps eyes I'm pretty sure it's edible...

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                                                                                  klyeoh RE: Servorg Feb 15, 2013 07:30 PM

                                                                                  Oh, but I simply *love* swordfish's eyes - had a couple barbecued ones in a seafood restaurant in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, and they were delicious. But I'd always been partial to fish eyeballs as we normally have those in Singapore fish-head curries.

                                                                                  Sheep's eyes - no thanks!!

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                                                                          guilty RE: klyeoh Feb 15, 2013 03:26 PM

                                                                          That's pretty awesome, klyeoh; thanks for teaching me something today!

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                                                                            klyeoh RE: guilty Feb 15, 2013 04:11 PM

                                                                            Pretty awesome, I agree. A friend from Portland, Oregon, visited Kelantan years ago, and was taken aback by this rice dish. Not a surprise - in most cultures, blue is *not* a color one associates with food :-D

                                                                        3. mrbigshotno.1 RE: ipsedixit Feb 16, 2013 07:34 AM


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                                                                            Servorg RE: mrbigshotno.1 Feb 16, 2013 07:41 AM

                                                                            I see that these fruit are eaten whole by cassowaries, Woompoo pigeons and Spectacled flying foxes, which pass the nut undamaged. "Woompoo pigeons" and "Ispedixit" passing the nut together? I'd be interested in the fight between those two for the big blue fruit...

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                                                                              jumpingmonk RE: Servorg Feb 16, 2013 07:57 AM

                                                                              Actually they probably do. If it is like most of the other members of the genus the seeds are quite hard. Thew seeds of Eleaocarpus ganitrus commonly called rudraksha, are used throughout India and the pacific as beads. Oh and two more things. The tree isn't closely related to Qandog either (Quandog is a member of the sandalwood genus, this plant is in a family of it's own the Eleaocarpacae) and that blue color would not translate to food since it actually isn't caused by a pigment (it's actuallytechnically iridescence cased by variation in the cell walls that bounce light back at a specific wavelength. crush the fruits and the blue color dissapears.

                                                                          2. Stephanie Wong RE: ipsedixit Feb 17, 2013 12:04 PM

                                                                            See the photos of the 2 Paloma's Gelatinas posted by Melanie Wong, especially the side view:


                                                                            1. MplsM ary RE: ipsedixit Feb 17, 2013 12:24 PM

                                                                              Any Sci-Fi conventioneer will tell you - Gin & Tonic under a black-light. Ok, anything and tonic will work, but it may as well be the classic.

                                                                              Blue oyster mushrooms
                                                                              Pickled garlic

                                                                              Lots of stuff in the artificial realm: 1/3 of a bomb-pop, crazy flavors of sports drinks, Hypnotique.

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                                                                                tangoking RE: ipsedixit Aug 15, 2013 09:55 PM

                                                                                There are some very blue mushrooms... but their edibility is questionable!

                                                                                Blewits are often more violet, but can be very blue; however, they're hard to find and very seasonal.

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