Where Can I Buy Purple (or Blue) Potatoes? A List of Who Sells Them

Question: Where Can I Buy Purple (or Blue) Potatoes?

Answer: Last winter, I wrote a post on what are some sources to purchase purple potatoes to grow in your garden. I have gotten a lot of hits on this post recently. However I think a lot of people are just searching for where to buy the potatoes, not necessarily desiring to grow them. So I decided to answer that question in a post today.

Dr. Oz Mentions Purple Potatoes
Purple potatoes are becoming more popular. People like the pretty color, plus the beta-carotene that gives the potatoes their purple color is very good for us. On January 24th, 2014, the purple potato was mentioned by the popular Dr. Oz. He claims that purple potatoes can help lower your blood pressure. He even mentioned making your own purple potato chips. Check out my recipe for twice cooked potato chips and use purple potatoes instead of the Russett.

Here are some sources that I know of where you can get purple potatoes. I will add more to the list as I find more sources (so feel free to share where you have found them in the past). Keep in mind, the best place to check might be your local farmer’s market. A nice sized farmer’s market, should at least have one vendor selling them at some point in the year.

How to Cook Purple Potatoes

How to Cook Purple Potatoes
There are many ways to cook purple potatoes. Check out my new post – What is the Best Way to Cook Purple Potatoes – where I examine the pros and cons of three different cooking methods.

Below are some sources I know that sell them. If you have seen them yourself, please leave a comment below to share with my other readers.

Source for Purple or Blue Potatoes
1. Meijer stores (Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and Kentucky) sell bags of Green Giant Klondike Medley. This medley includes some purple potatoes.
2. BJ Warehouse Club stores sell those same bags of Klondike Medley.
2. Plum Market (Ann Arbor, MI) has had purple potatoes in stock before.
3. Trader Joe’s sells bags of mixed potatoes that include purple.
4. Melissa’s Produce (http://www.melissas.com/) carries purple potatoes. Their produce can be found in stores all over the country. Check their website to see what stores carry their products. You can then contact those stores to see if they carry them.
5. Frieda’s (http://www.friedas.com/baby-purple-potato/) a specialty produce company carried baby purple potatoes. You can find these potatoes at select Kroger stores.
6. Whole Foods Market occasionally will carry bags of mixed potatoes that include purple ones. You can find by the pound purple potatoes on occasion. Call the store to check for availability.

If you are having trouble finding some, again check the Farmer’s markets and also specialty grocery stores that specialize in organic produce. They often have purple potatoes. Or you could also grow them yourself! Check out my page on sources to buy seed potatoes. I grew Adirondack Blue last year.

Purple Sweet Potatoes

If you are a fan of all purple roots, you should give Purple Sweet Potatoes a try too. They have started popping in stores from before Thanksgiving to around April. More are being grown each year.

Want to make your own purple potato chips? Follow these instructions. Or you could purchase them already made for you from Amazon.

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  1. […] you are looking to just buy purple (or blue) potatoes, check out my page on where to buy them. This post is only about where to buy seed potatoes for your own […]

  2. […] seen them for sale in Meijer, Kroger’s, the Ypsi co-op and Eastern Market in Detroit before. Eat Like No One has a good run-down of all the metro Detroit places to buy them. Fall and winter seem to be the […]

  3. Charles Crosson says:

    trying to find and buy purple potatoes in San Diego area.

  4. Eric Samuelson says:

    Have you checked your local farmer’s market? Or at Whole Foods Market? If your Whole Foods doesn’t have them right make sure to ask them if they ever get them in or if it would be possible to bring them in. If they have someone interested they may be able to bring them in.

  5. […] The video above highlights the anti-inflammatory benefits of various vegetables.  Beginning at 1:30 in the video the amazing health benefits of purple potatoes are revealed.  These miraculous purple potatoes, native to South America, significantly decreased inflammation, oxidation, blood pressure. DNA damage, and reduced risk of heart disease.  Unfortunately on the other hand standard white potatoes seem to increase inflammation, and oxidation. The general rule with potatoes is the darker the pigment the more healthy it is for you.  The  many health benefits of the purple potatoes are courtesy of the anti-oxidant anthocyanin which is responsible for the color of many blue, and purple produce. These violet potatoes can be cooked in a variety of ways the same as white potatoes.  As for taste many agree that purple potatoes don’t taste much different from the standard white, or yellow potatoes you might buy at the supermarket.  Your local grocery store might sell these nutritious potatoes, or you might have to shop at a specialty store. […]

  6. Marty says:

    Thanks for the link to the purple potato purchase places (try saying that 3 times fast!) Found them at a local Krogers.

  7. I am in India, any idea where can I get the seedsame of purple potato in India?

  8. Eric Samuelson says:

    Honestly I do not know. I only know when they there are available in the United States.

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