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About SweeTango apples
The trademarked name SweeTango was given to the cultivated apple Minneiska by its owner, the University of Minnesota. As a regulated product, the SweeTango apple has exclusive territories in which it can be grown. A cooperative formed by the University of Minnesota has sold the rights to select farmers within these regions to grow SweeTango apples. At first, the rights were held strictly in Minnesota, but they have since expanded to other northern regions in the United States.
SweeTango apples are a cross between Honeycrisp and Zestari. They have yellow skin with a pink to red blush. The flavor is described as something between brown sugar and spiced apple cider, with a sweet-tart taste, an unusually crisp texture, and above-average juiciness. It was bred for its combination of 20 distinct fruit characteristics, including an earlier ripening season and its marked crispness, resulting from a larger cell structure than most apples. This specifically designed fruit has a longer than normal storage life, holding its texture and flavor.
The origin of the SweeTango apple dates back to a grafted tree in 1988 and was later refined by the University of Minnesota in 1999. After its release in 2006, it was made available to the public the following year, but it wasn't until 2009 that the first SweeTango apple was sold in the United States.
Apples fruit early, and the SweeTango falls in line with a harvest that starts between late August and early September. It ripens later than its father, the Zestari, and sooner than its mother, the Honeycrisp. You can pick them from certain orchards during this time, or you can wait till they arrive at your local grocery store in mid-September. They generally cost more than most apples due to their growing restrictions, but many believe the unique flavor is worth the price.
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