Researchers in Michigan Create Limited Edition Purple Potato Chips
A collaboration between Michigan State University researchers and Traverse City-based Great Lakes Potato Chips Co. has resulted in the development of a limited edition batch of purple potato chips.
The snacks are made from the Blackberry potato, the latest of more than 30 varieties developed by Dave Douches, director of the MSU Potato Breeding and Genetics Program. The Blackberry potato took 20 years to breed, is disease resistant and filled with antioxidants.
“I always saw that there was a need in the specialty market for a good purple-pigmented flesh variety of potatoes. There were same old varieties around in the past that I felt didn’t serve the market well, so we made an effort to try to improve on that,” explained Douches. “We were trying to find ones that had a round shape rather than a long shape, and also ones that have some disease resistance, as well as a deeper purple flesh color,” he continued.
Great Lakes Potato Chips and Douches work with lott Farms in Kalkaska, Michigan to grow and harvest the Blackberry potatoes used for chip processing.
Customers can get the limited edition purple potato chips online and at Kroger, Meijer, Spartan Foods, Sam’s Club and Costco.