The Suntava story began over a decade ago, when Lee and Joann French, one of the world’s foremost entomologist teams, began to explore the insect resistant potential of non-GMO purple corn. With knowledge of ancient maize strains and traditional cultivation methods, they meticulously developed new, natural hybrid lines, pollinating each ear by hand, row by row, year after year.
Their defining “aha” moment came three years into their research, when they had the vision to connect the chemical properties responsible for their corn’s striking purple color to its inherent human health benefits. In fact, they discovered that their Suntava Purple Corn contained an extraordinarily high level of antioxidants. They also understood they had uncovered an abundant global source of natural red dyes.
Today, their spirit of profound commitment to science, nature, insight and discovery continues forward in Suntava Corporation.
Sayela means “reddish” in the language of the Lakota people.
The Lakota are a Native American tribe of the Midwest, including the Lamberton, Minnesota area where the Frenches first developed their purple corn.