If the only apple I'd ever tasted was 'Red Delicious', I don't think I'd eat very many apples. It tastes okay, but once I had a 'Granny Smith', I turned my back on 'Red Delicious'. There were other apples that came later - 'Gala', 'Fuji', 'Idared', and many more. Then along came Honeycrisp™ and it was game over.
I can pinch pennies with the best of 'em, but I like Honeycrisp™ so well that I'm willing to pay a higher price for them because they really are that much better, according to my taste buds. I like JAZZ™ apples too, but Honeycrisp™ still wins out.
|SweeTango® apples Stemilt Growers / Wikimedia Commons|
This week, I found a new (to me) apple in the produce section. It was the name that caught my attention: SweeTango®. I guessed that it would be sweet and tart - just the way I like my apples. There was the matter of texture and juiciness too, but there was only one way to find out how it measured up. I bought five of them.
It's not surprising that SweeTango® rivals Honeycrisp™ because Honeycrisp™ is one of its parents. Crossed with Zestar!™, SweeTango® was hybridized at the University of Minnesota, the same program that brought us 'Haralson', 'Honeygold', and yes, Honeycrisp™. It debuted in 2009.
It took them 10 years to get SweeTango® just right. It took me just a few seconds to confirm it.
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