MSU Growing & Selling Purple Potato Chips
Sounds a little weird, but to each their own, right? But they don't have a funky taste to them, they are just potato chips.
According to WILX, Michigan State University is growing their own potatoes, which also just so happen to be purple.
"In our breeding efforts we were able to come across some unique potatoes that have actually strong deep purple pigmentations." David Douches, apart of the MSU Potato Breeding Team said to WILX.
The reason for the purple pigment is due to anthocyanin. Anthocyanin is an antioxidant that can be found in products such as grapes, blueberries, and red wines.
"So it's probably healthier for you,” said Douches. “We're just playing off of the dark blue dark purple color to call them blackberry.”
If you are assuming they will have a fruity taste to them because of the pigment, you'd actually be wrong. Apparently, they are just salty.
"If you were to close your eyes they would taste just like regular potato chips," Douches added on.
This has apparently been 20 years in the making, and now you can buy them in Traverse City.
"We produced some seed that went to the commercial growers who then produced the potatoes for Great Lakes and now they're coming out with their first run," Douches mentioned in his interview with WILX. "But it's still limited because there's not a lot of potatoes being grown."
The name of the potato chips are 'Blackberry Potato Chips,' and you can buy them through the Great Lakes Potato Chip company online, but you can always make that trip up north and buy them in their stores.