Why Sweet Potato Chips?

Purple Sweet Potato Chips

Of course sweet potato chips are tasty. The sweeter taste of a Hawaii grown purple sweet potato goes perfectly with a light salting. In addition to the great taste, sweet potato chips are also healthier than their white potato counter parts.

Purple Sweet Potatoes are high in fiber, potassium, and vitamin A, B-6 and C to name a few. Sweet potatoes also rate lower on the glycemic index meaning your have less of a spike in your blood sugar which is better for your pancreas. 

In addition to the above health benefits, purple sweet potatoes contain high levels of antioxidants which may help prevent cancer. These antioxidants come from anthocyanins, which occur naturally in purple sweet potatoes and give them their deep purple color.

Now that we know how healthy the sweet potato can be, let’s talk about what makes our sweet potato chips so special. Hawaii Island Gourmet was first started in 1936 and has always focused on using quality ingredients. The process starts with premium purple sweet potatoes. Our sweet potatoes come from local farmers here on the Big Island. The farmers deliver the sweet potatoes right to our factory, where they are turned into delicious chips. Short delivery times means that we use the freshest sweet potatoes possible.

We use only three ingredients to make our sweet potato chips (sweet potatoes, oil, and salt). We don’t use any additional preservatives or additives, but instead rely on the quality of our ingredients and our time proven cooking methods. The resulting sweet potato chips are some of the best made today.

Give our sweet potato chips a try today to see the difference for yourself. You can find them on the shelves here in Hawaii or can purchase them from our online store: Hawaii Island Gourmet.

 

 

 

Breadfruit Chips (Hawaii Island Ulu Chips)

ulu chips

Breadfruit, or ulu as it is called in Hawaii, is now in full season. Hawaii Island Gourmet has been busy turning all of that breadfruit into delicious breadfruit chips (ulu chips).

We now have breadfruit chips in stock and have added them to our online store. They are ready to be shipped throughout Hawaii and to the rest of the US.

You can purchase ulu chips and our other handmade, gourmet products at the following link: Purchase Ulu Chips Here!

Our ulu chips are made from Hawaii grown breadfruit and handmade right here in Hilo, HI (where we have been making chips since 1936). Breadfruit trees are known for their ability to  produce an amazing amount of fruit. They are a seasonal tree however, and so we only have a limited amount of chips. Get yours before they are all gone!

Click the following link to purchase ulu chips and other delicious, handmade cookies, candies and chips.

Hawaii Island Gourmet Online Store

Click the below link for more information on the amazing breadfruit tree?

Breadfruit Tree

Hawaii Island Gourmet Ulu (Breadfruit) Chips

Breadfruit chips

Update: Our ulu chips are made and now available for purchase from our 717 Manono St. Gift Shop and at our online store at the following link: Ulu Chips

It’s ulu (breadfruit)  season again here in Hawaii. We have been getting requests for ulu chips all year and the time is almost here. We will be making our first batch of ulu chips this week and will be posting to our Facebook Page as soon as the chips are ready and in our gift shop. Please join and like our Facebook page to make sure you get the update.

ulu breadfruit

Breadfruit makes great chips that have a very distinct taste. They are similar to a potato chip, but also have a bread-like aroma and taste.

Breadfruit Slices

Called “ulu” here in Hawaii, it is a starch based fruit that is part of the Fig family. Breadfruit grows on trees which can reach 40-60 feet tall and a similar width. The fruit of the tree is usually round, oval or oblong and can weigh over 10 pounds each.

Breadfruit ulu chips cooking

One of the most impressive things about ulu trees is that each tree can produce a large amount of fruit. A single tree can produce 200 or more grapefruit sized fruits per season. While not all trees will produce this much, and not all fruit will grow to full size, this give a potential output of over 2000 pounds of fruit per tree. It’s one of the reasons that breadfruit is being cultivated around the world to help end hunger.

Breadfruit chips ulu chips

Stop by our gift shop and give our ulu chips a try. You won’t be disappointed. We are located at 717 Manono St. Hilo, HI 96720 or give us a call: 808-969-9600.

You can also visit our online store to see our full line of products: Hawaii Island Gourmet

The following links have more information on breadfruit:

http://ntbg.org/breadfruit/breadfruit/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Breadfruit

 

Health Benefits of Purple Sweet Potatoes

There are a lot of chips available these days. As we are all considering healthy options, there has been an increase in healthy chips made from vegetables and sweet potatoes. Sweet potato chips in particular have become a popular option because they are naturally sweet, healthier than regular potatoes, and are allowed as part of the paleo diet.

As it turns out, sweet potatoes are not all the same. As mentioned in the video from Nutritionfacts.org, only purple sweet potatoes have been shown to decrease inflammation and increase anti-oxidant capacity.

In addition, hypertensive subjects who consumed 6-8 small purple sweet potatoes a day showed a decrease in blood sugar and inflammation and a reduced risk of heart disease and stroke.

It also matters where the purple sweet potatoes come from. Because purple sweet potatoes grow well in a warmer, slightly more tropical environment, many purple sweet potatoes come from Asia where they don’t have the same regulations on pesticides and chemical use.

Our purple sweet potato chips are only made from select, Hawaii grown sweet potatoes. Our sweet potato chips are made here in Hawaii and don’t contain any additives or preservatives. The great flavor comes from the high quality ingredients and our time tested methods.

Give our sweet potato chips a try and you will be hooked on the healthy, natural taste. You can find our sweet potato chips and all of our other products at our online store.

You can find the original article at the link below:

http://nutritionfacts.org/video/anti-inflammatory-effects-of-purple-potatoes/

Healthy Chips

Atebara's Hawaii Island Gourmet Chips

What are healthy chips? There are a lot of diets out there that limit what you can and can’t eat. They all vary on what is okay, but what they do mostly agree on is that fewer ingredients is better. You also want to try and keep those ingredients as basic as possible. If there is something on the label that you can’t pronounce, it probably isn’t going to fall into the health category. Keeping ingredients in there most basic forms is better for your body. So let’s start with the ingredients that make Hawaii Island Gourmets chips healthy. Three. All of our salted chips contain only three ingredients as listed below.

  • Taro Chips: Premium Hawaii Island grown taro, canola oil, salt
  • Sweet Potato Chips: Premium Hawaii Island grown sweet potatoes, canola oil, salt
  • Original Atebara’s Potato Chips: Premium russet potatoes, canola oil, salt

In addition to keeping our chips to only three ingredients, we only use premium, freshly grown produce. Our sweet potato chips and taro chips are made from sweet potatoes and taro grown locally here on the Big Island of Hawaii. Because our produce comes from local farmers, we are able to get the freshest sweet potatoes and taro possible. The produce is then selected by hand and only the best potatoes and taro are used to make our chips. We start with great produce and turn it into a chips using the minimal amount of ingredients. All of the above leads to a chip that has:

  • No Cholesterol
  • No Trans Fat
  • No Preservatives or Additives

Furthermore, sweet potatoes and taro are both allowed as part of the peleo diet. Sweet potato chips especially make a naturally sweet and crunchy snack that can be difficult to get when on the paleo diet. Purple sweet potatoes also have a number of health benefits over other types of potatoes. You can find more about that here: Why Sweet Potato Chips. You can also find more helpful tips on eating healthy here.

If you are looking for healthy chips, give Hawaii Island Gourmet chips a try. Once you taste the difference, you won’t want to eat anything else.

Paleo Diet Snack-Sweet Potato Chips

Purple Sweet Potato Chips

If you are on the Paleo Diet then you aren’t allowed to eat potatoes or corn. You can’t eat potato chips or corn chips. However, just because you are on a paleo diet doesn’t mean you can’t have something sweet and salty. Sweet Potato chips are not only healthier than potato chips, they are also allowed as part of the paleo diet.

What makes Hawaii Island Gourmet sweet potato chips special is that we use purple sweet potatoes grown right here on the Big Island of Hawaii. Getting our purple sweet potatoes from local farmers means they have higher regulations on the uses of pesticides and chemicals than those coming from overseas. It also means that our chips our made from the freshest purple sweet potatoes possible.

The purple sweet potato has some unique properties that make it a great part of your diet. They are high in vitamin A, vitamin C, and are a good source of dietary fiber, vitamin B6, potassium and iron. Studies have been done that show that sweet potatoes may improve blood sugar and may be good for diabetes . However, the most important health benefit of the purple sweet potato may be their high level of antioxidants 1.

Thanks to the naturally occurring anthocyanins (antioxidants), which gives the sweet potato its dark, vibrant color, the purple sweet potato has a number of health benefits which may include anti-obesity, anti-inflammatory, and cancer prevention properties 2, 3.

To keep our sweet potato chips as natural and healthy as possible, we use only three ingredients (sweet potatoes, oil, and salt). We don’t use any additives or preservatives in our chips. What you taste is the flavor of locally grown, premium sweet potatoes made with Aloha. Because our sweet potatoes are grown by local farmers here in Hawaii, they are as fresh as possible. They come straight from the farmers and are turned into chips in our Big Island factory.

You end up with healthy chips that you can enjoy as part of your paleo diet.

Click the below link to have some of our exquisite chips delivered directly to your home:

Sweet Potato Chips

 

A New Batch of Sweet Potato Chips

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While everyone was preparing for this last weekend, Hawaiian Island Gourmet and Atebara Chips was busy making a new batch of sweet potato chips. To make sure that the chips are as fresh as possible, they are sliced, cooked, and bagged all on the same day.

The chips in the picture above have just been cooked and will next go into the spinner. A device that is used to remove any excess oil. Our sweet potato chips are made from sweet potatoes grown by local farmers right here on the Big Island. This ensure that we use the best, most sustainable products and that you get the freshest chips.

Come by the store (717 Manono Street, Hilo, HI 96720) to grab yourself a bag. If you aren’t in the area, you can also purchase online! Hawaii Island Gourmet Store

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Gourmet taro chips, sweet potato chips, potato chips, and chocolate

Hawaii Island Gourmet at Hilo Trading Comany

 

Hawaii Island Gourmet and Atebara is known for its potato chipstaro chips and sweet potato chips. We have been making healthy chips (using only three ingredients: potatoes or taro, salt and canola oil) since 1936. Our chips are kitchen cooked and handmade. To keep them as healthy as possible, we use a special spinning process to remove any extra oil.

This weekend, however, we were at the grand opening of the Hilo Trading Company sampling our hand-made, Hawaii Island Gourmet chocolates. The event was a success with local companies coming from all over the greater Hilo area to promote their products. Whether it be chocolates, chips, macadamia nuts, or coffee; The Hilo Trading Company is a one stop shop for products made in Hilo, Hawaii.

To make our chocolates special, we incorporate our potato chips and taro chips right into the chocolate. You get a unique mixture of melt in your mouth creaminess mixed with a tasty crunch. A taste that you can only get from Hawaiian Island Gourmet Products.

You can visit our online store here: Hawaii Island Gourmet Products

The event at the Hilo Trading Company ended on Saturday, but you can still go by their store (located at the corner of Kamehameha and Mamalahoa Highway) to try some of our samples and purchase our chocolates and chips. You can also come by our store. The address and contact information is listed on our contact page here: Hawaii Island Gourmet. We look forward to seeing you soon.