September 15, 2009, 1:10 pm
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I have always liked apples.  For years in college I went through a ridiculous amount of Granny Smith apples, enjoying the tartness and crispness of the apple.  I hadn’t delved far enough into my love of apples to experiment much with others, because the few times I did, I found ones that were too soft, too grainy, too flavorless, or any number of other defects.

I am lucky enough to live in close proximity to the University of Minnesota, though, whose new developments in apples have been news for years.  In the 90’s, they introduced me to the Honeycrisp.  The Honeycrisp quickly booted the old Granny Smith out of my life, and I had a new obsession.  Scouring the fall apple orchard reports for the best weekends to pick Honeycrisps, I went crazy every Autumn, using them for apple pies, apple crisps, caramel apples, and eating them by the bushel.  Don’t get me wrong, there are other varieties out there that are pretty good.  I love a nice crisp Pink Lady out of Australia, but the hometown success story was clearly my fave.  It explodes with crispness and sweetness

I have sad news to report to my long time friend the Honeycrisp, though…there’s a new kid on the block.  My mom has been talking for weeks about this new apple coming out.  She couldn’t ever remember the name of it, though, but insisted I must try it when I got an opportunity.  I half listened.  I mean, orchard weekends in Minnesota are coming up, and I’ll have my pick of tasty Honeycrisps any time now….and my second favorite, the Zestar.

So yesterday while I was at Kowalski’s, wandering the produce aisle, I glanced over the apples, thinking I would pass by and plan a trip to an orchard this coming weekend.  Then I noticed a sign with a name I didn’t recognize.  Could this  be the new apple in town?  SweeTango was the name.  Could my mom really forget the name “SweeTango”?  I grabbed 3 and kept shopping.

Later in the evening I was hungry for a snack and remembered my new found fruit.  I went to the kitchen, gave one a quick rinse and cut off a big slice.  Oh SweeTango this apple is good!!  I hurried to my laptop to look up the history of this sweet and tangy little darling.  Turns out, U of M researcher David Bedford created this beauty from the two best apples known to man.  What else but the Honeycrisp and the Zestar!?

It is just slightly tart, juicy as all heck, and a thing of beauty.  I’m sold.  Ahhh happy apple season to me!



3 Comments so far
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hmm, i’ll give ’em a whirl, but better than honeycrisps!?

Comment by Heather

We L-O-V-E Honeycrisp!!

Comment by teenietidbits

Wow, I’m going to have to look for SweeTango! I’m a huge honeycrisp fan!

Comment by Brandy

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