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This apple's flavor, balanced by vibrant acidity, inherited the crisp texture of 'Honeycrisp' and the juiciness of 'Zestar!®'. I love apples that balance their sweetness with a good amount of acidity — Pink Lady is one of my favorite varieties — and SweeTangos are pretty much the perfect blend of floral sweetness and refreshing tartness. My husband works for the inventor of honeycrisp. Sonny Perdue Sworn In as Secretary of Agriculture. But now, as more growers plant Honeycrisp—and its trendy descendants like the SweeTango and the EverCrisp—apple experts are wondering when supply will outpace demand. This year’s party will be held on October 8th and 9th. the groom … seriously!) SweeTango is a hybrid of Honeycrisp and Zestar, and in the side-by-side tasting, this fruit's lineage is very clear. By Jen Zettel, Door County Living – September 1st, 2011. Door County Agriculture Agent Dean Volenberg said while the apple is good, its popularity is largely driven by consumer demand. Honeycrisp was a phenomenon in the apple industry because its taste and texture were so good it sold for about $1 more per pound than other varieties. A major benefit of the SweeTango is when it ripens. The University of Minnesota did not license Honeycrisp production, meaning the delectable variety can be found all over the country. However, they didn’t begin selling SweeTango in the United States until 2009 and in Europe, it wasn’t until 2016. (Left: SweeTango, Right: Honeycrisp) Today my tastebuds were the battleground for a matchup of parent (Honeycrisp) vs. child , an establish player vs. an up-and-comer, Honeycrisp vs. SweeTango. The SweeTango is another natural cultivar developed by the University of Minnesota, with the same large cell characteristic . Karin Skare – whose parents Dick and Carol purchased the restaurant (then called the Blue Willow Cafe) in 1977 when on their honeymoon in Door County – combines the two practices as she bakes a caramel apple pie from scratch with local apples. Kids and adults alike crave the crunchy crispness of a SweeTango—and parents love the health benefits. I’m Eric : Father of 4, living just south of Ann Arbor, MI. One bite garners the taster with both sweet and tart flavors, which sets it apart from its already unique parentage. The six original farm buildings on the three-acre grounds play host to a slew of events throughout the season that bring old island farming ways to life, including an annual cider pressing party. ... Let’s pretend for a moment that the ORAC for Red Delicious vs. Honeycrisp was no different. I decided to taste both apples side by side to see which one was superior. But by the same token, I don't find that it's any more exciting to be worth the high expense compared to either of its parents, the sweet Honeycrisp and the more tart Zestar, both of which are true "new classics" in their own right, and I think, even better than their offspring. Easy to grow, the apple is now being planted by the millions in Washington and is expected to arrive at your supermarket by 2019. We like to say SweeTango makes your taste buds dance. As a cross between a Honeycrisp and a Zestar apple, the SweeTango takes on flavors of honey and spices with a hint of tart citrus. There’s been a new apple in town for awhile now and, as it turns out, all other apples are increasingly paling in comparison—and popularity. I just bought some Sweetango at Plum Market in Ann Arbor. I just got a Honeycrisp trees, for $20 dollars. Zestar!® Large, crunchy, juicy red fruit with a sprightly sweet-tart flavor. For years, the McIntosh variety held the taste buds of apple lovers before Honeycrisp came along. Finding this new variety may prove challenging, since the University of Minnesota holds a patent and a copyright on the apple, Wood said. It is grown by a cooperative of growers, called the Next Big Thing. It's actually a child of Honeycrisp." Those investing in SweeTango … This means growers outside Minnesota must join the Next Big Thing growers cooperative and be licensed to grow the apple. It is a patented cross breed between the 'Honeycrisp' and the Zestar! Now Honeycrisp is grown all over…New Zealand even,” he said. This is our desert-island apple. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. SweeTango apples were introduced in 2009 when horticulturalists from the University of Minnesota bred a Honeycrisp with a Zestar using time-honored techniques. For some that future is now (check my listings of where to buy SweeTango). The Cookery restaurant in Fish Creek has always had a reputation for delectable bakery, and since rebuilding after a fire in 2008, the business is also developing a reputation for its sustainable practices.