When it comes to getting my hands on good food, there’s little I won’t do… including, apparently, taking a 20-minute bus ride just to snag myself a bag of apples.
These weren’t just any old apples, though. My quarry that day was the most elusive of all fall apples, the SweeTango.
They’re a very pretty addition to my fruit bowl, which their glossy bright red and pale yellow peel with a scattering of creamy freckles, but it’s in the flavour department that they truly shine. Each bite starts off with floral, honeyed notes that are reminiscent of a Golden Delicious, but follows up with a bright tartness and juicy crunch that is all Honeycrisp.
The similarity to Honeycrisp is no suprise, since the SweeTango is actually the result of crossing that oh-so-popular variety with the sweet-tart Zestar! using natural methods at the University of Minnesota. (Which, incidentally, is also the birthplace of both the Honeycrisp and the Zestar!… so clearly these folks know their way around an apple.)
Currently grown only by a cooperative of family-run orchards in Nova Scotia, Quebec and five U.S. states, these apples are considered “hyper-seasonal” because they usually sell out within 5 weeks of hitting the shelf.
The first shipments already started arriving in stores last week, so the clock is ticking if you want to get your hands on these babies.
You can find a local supplier using the interactive Sweet Spot map on SweeTango.com, or by following the #SpotSweeTango hashtag on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
But wait… there’s more! If you spot SweeTangos in your local store and share using the #SpotSweeTango hashtag, you’ll be automatically entered to win great prizes, including a season’s supply of SweeTango apples, a trip to a SweeTango orchard, and more. You can also enter by texting the location to 99000, or online on SweeTango.com.
The apples I picked up on my little adventure are already gone, eaten out of hand so quickly that I never had a chance to try them out in a recipe… but assuming I can fit another bus ride to my not-so-local Longo’s for round two, here are a few recipes I’ve got my eye on to show off their sweet flavour and crunchy texture:
- Cheddar Apple and Pastrami Grilled Cheese (Taking on Magazines)
- Stuffed Apple Pie (Created by Diane)
- Apple Bavarian Torte (This Week for Dinner)
- Inside Out Caramel Apples (365 Days of Baking)
- Apple Cherry Walnut Salad (That Skinny Chick Can Bake)
- Fried Apples with Caramel Sauce (Cravings of a Lunatic)
Disclosure: I received compensation from Practical Marketing in exchange for sharing my thoughts on SweeTango apples and the #SpotSweeTango campaign. All opinions are entirely my own.