Friday, September 04, 2009

2-3 year wait on SweeTango


The clear superiority of the Honeycrisp apple has been highlighted on PoF before (as has the unholy experiment known as the Grapple). Now, University of Minnesota apple breeders are preparing a successor to the Honeycrisp - the SweeTango. They claim it's an improvement. Unless you live in Minnesota, you're unlikely to find out for yourself until 2011-2012. Oh, how you tease us, science!

"SweeTango and Honeycrisp were developed at the University of Minnesota. The new apple has Honeycrisp's crispness and juice but kicks up the flavor and adds an intriguing note of fall spice. It was made by crossing Honeycrisp with Zestar!, another University of Minnesota variety.

"'It inherited Honeycrisp's texture, and that's a rare commodity, and it actually has more flavor than Honeycrisp,' said David Bedford, the university apple breeder who helped develop Honeycrisp and SweeTango."