It’s well known that the key to a balanced diet is a variety of fruits and vegetables. Not just pleasing to the eye, the color of your food can indicate details about the nutrition it holds. By eating a variety of colors, or “eating the rainbow,” you can help ensure you get as many vitamins and minerals as possible.

The pigments that give food color, phytochemicals, offer different nutrients when consumed. For example, yellow and orange fruits and vegetables are high in Vitamins C and A, while green foods are packed with vitamins B, K, and E.

Freeze-dried food adds color, nutrients, and flavor

Mercer Foods freeze-dries a variety of fruits, vegetables, herbs, and proteins. In addition to our most popular ingredients, we can source almost any item you are looking for, working with you to find a solution to your product needs. So whether you’re looking for powerful purple, ravishing red, or yummy yellow, just look to the rainbow for inspiration.

Eat the rainbow

Brighten up your products with a rainbow of flavor and nutrition.

Red food

To boost heart healthy nutrients, look to the red! Red foods tend to have ample amounts of heart-healthy lycopene, Vitamin C, and other memory-boosting benefits. Freeze-dried red-hued foods include red peppers, cranberries, cherries, red apples, raspberries, and strawberries.

Orange food

Orange foods tend to have high percentages of vitamins A and C, as well as beta carotene that may benefit the immune system, vision, and skin. Strong orange foods like oranges, carrots, sweet potato, mango, and peaches all retain their natural color superbly and add a distinct flavor to any recipe or dish.

Yellow food

It’s no secret we love our freeze-dried super sweet corn here at Mercer Foods. Not all yellow foods are created equal, as bananas boast high potassium, while pineapples are packed with magnesium. Super sweet corn, a whole grain, is high in fiber and protein. In addition to bananas, pineapples, and super sweet corn, consider including freeze-dried yellow peppers, or lemon to your product recipes.

Blue food

One of the most snackable freeze-dried foods, blueberries are low in saturated fat and high in fiber, Vitamin C, and anthocyanins believed to contribute to blood vessel health. Incredibly easy to work with, freeze-dried blueberries are ideal in both sweet and savory dishes.

Green food

Packed with vitamins K, B, and E, green foods can contribute to healthy bones, teeth, and eyes. To add green freeze-dried ingredients to new or heritage products, consider including freeze-dried green beans, green peppers, broccoli, peas, kale, asparagus, or spinach.

Purple food

Power to the purple! Purple foods were named one of our food trends to look for in 2017, and there’s no sign of these attractive purple powerhouses slowing down. With beets leading the way, purple carrots, purple corn, purple asparagus, blackberries, and purple potatoes can add bright, flavorful items to your products. High in vitamins C and K, as well as anthocyanins, purple foods contribute to heart, memory, and immune system support.

As you work on next season’s new products, consider adding unique freeze-dried ingredients to meet consumer demand while delivering flavorful, nutrition-packed items. Learn more about how Mercer Foods can elevate your brand by connecting with us directly, or reaching out via Facebook or LinkedIn.