ABC7 (Chicago): From the creators of Honeycrisp, SweeTango apples crop up
Oct. 12, 2012 — This is the third year in a row apple growers across the country are contending with the new kid on the block. From Michigan farms to Chicago’s restaurant scene, the SweeTango has captivated the industry.
Food & Wine: Test Kitchen Tip — Introducing SweeTango Apples
Oct. 3, 2012 — Nothing heralds fall like the first bite of a fragrant local apple. This season’s highly anticipated new fruit on the block is the uncommonly crisp SweeTango apple.
New Yorker: Video: The Next Big Apple?
Nov. 14, 2011 — Author John Seabrook: “The story is about an apple that came out of Minnesota … The SweeTango is trying to take its place as the next hot apple.”
National Public Radio: ‘Managed’ Apple Creates A Buzz
Nov. 18, 2011 — Now, something completely unfair, something sure to make your mouth water. Listen to this description of a rising star in the apple world, an apple called SweeTango.
KARE11-TV: Minnesota corners the apple-making market
Sept. 21, 2011 — The early crop is in and it’s the new kid apple, the SweeTango, that has people a little giddy. So giddy that folks at the Apple House in Chanhassen keep them in the back because if its in plan sight customers may lose their apples.
The Commercial Appeal: A new apple: The SweeTango
Oct. 3, 2011 — My, oh my. My friend and co-worker Donna Bauer shared her Sweetango apple with me today and I am definitely stopping at the grocery after work to get my own stash.
The Globe and Mail: This fall’s juiciest apple: Bite into a SweeTango
Sept. 21, 2011 — Move aside, Honeycrisp. There’s a new apple coming to produce aisles this fall. The SweeTango, a trademarked variety of apple developed by the University of Minnesota, was introduced in limited quantities to consumers in the Atlantic provinces last year. But now that growers in Nova Scotia have ramped up production, the apple will be distributed more widely across Atlantic Canada and Ontario in the coming weeks.
Minnesota Magazine: Get a Load of This Apple
Winter 2010 — “What SweeTango has is a texture that’s almost as good as Honeycrisp. Where it excels is the flavor,” says David Bedford, a scientist in the University of Minnesota’s apple-breeding program. “Flavor in apples is really pretty simple. It’s sugar and acid. If you don’t have some balance, you get insipid. You need a little intrigue. SweeTango is high sugar, high acid.”
CBC News: Nova Scotia apple growers seek SweeTango success
Dec. 29, 2010 — Apple growers in Nova Scotia are banking on a new variety to give the industry a bump not seen since the introduction of the Honey Crisp in the 1990s. The Honeycrisp helped save Nova Scotia’s tree fruit industry in 1996 by promoting a unique apple that could be grown better in Nova Scotia than anywhere else. … The success of that fruit earned the Annapolis Valley a sought-after spot in the Next Big Thing, a club of professional apple growers that owns the rights to the SweeTango.
Associated Press: Apple growers marketing tasty new varieties
Oct. 14, 2010 — Another University of Minnesota apple variety, SweeTango, is being handled as a managed variety, meaning production is limited. The name is trademarked and the university has licensed the variety to a select group of growers, including some in Washington state.
Goldforest: The State of Branding in the Produce Sector
Oct. 10, 2010 — Consider Sweetango apples. A cooperative of apple growers named Next Big Thing licensed this recently developed hybrid from the University of Minnesota, gave it a trademarked name, and is working to build recognition and distribution. Bravo!
Associated Press: Hot New Apple: SweeTango, Spicy and Sweet
Sept. 19, 2010 — The SweeTango, with its juicy crunch and intense sweet-tart flavor with a note of spice, just entered its second year of limited release across U.S. It’s marketed by a select group of growers under an exclusive licensing deal with the University of Minnesota.
St. Louis Today: New apples are sweet, tart and ultra-crisp
Sept. 15, 2010 — St. Louis is one of the first markets to see the apples, which are crispy, sweet and somewhat tart. They’re grown in Minnesota, Michigan and other northern states. As much as I love locally grown fruit, this is the best apple I’ve eaten this year.
Natural Food: San Francisco Residents Start Biting Into New SweeTango Apples
Sept. 2, 2010 — A much sought-after new apple being sold under the name SweeTango will make its Bay Area debut this week at Safeway and Mollie Stone’s. The apples were grown by Stemilt Growers in Wenatchee, Wash. A cross between Honeycrisp and Zestar! varieties, SweeTango’s satisfying “crunch” and complex flavor promise a superior apple-eating experience. Both sweet and tart with hints of fall spices, SweeTango’s flavor, balanced by vibrant acidity, dances to a long and satisfying finish on the palate.
Minnesota Daily: SweeTango apple hits the market
Sept. 7, 2009 — The University of Minnesota apple breeding program has developed what it believes is the next great apple. The SweeTango apple made its commercial debut on Monday and should cause quite a stir within the apple market.
Hungry Magazine: Dancing the SweeTango
Sept. 29, 2008 — The crunch of the apple followed by a perfect August peach like juiciness that leaves you dribbling apple spittle like a batty octogenarian makes this one of the best apples I’ve ever had.
Epicurious: An Apple Is Born: First Taste of a New Breed
Sept. 26, 2008 — What makes this apple different from any other? It’s insanely crisp, with a serious snap. And, at the same time, megajuicy. As in: Your teeth tear off a chunk and you have to slurp. The flesh inside is glistening. The flavor is immediately apple-esque but not too sweet. Nor is it too tart (I OD’d on Granny Smiths recently, which I find can be hit and miss). Seriously, this is one of the best apples I’ve ever eaten.