The taste is a balance of sweet and tart.
They are grown under a licence managed by the Pepin Heights Orchard company in Lake City, Minnesota, on behalf of the University of Minnesota. There is a royalty per year per tree; growers are allowed to have up to 1,000 trees each.
The tree that SweeTango Apples grow on is actually called a “Minneiska tree.”
SweeTango Apples were developed in Minnesota at the University of Minnesota, from a cross between Honey Crisp and Zestar apples, done in 1988.
One of the developers was Jim Luby, who also helped develop the Honey Crisp.
Aka “Sweet Tango.”
Farquharson, Vanessa. The invention of an apple: The Red Prince. Toronto: National Post: 20 February 2010.
McGee, Sarah. The Building of an Apple Brand: The SweeTango. Minneapolis, Minnesota: Heavy Table Magazine. 14 October 2009.
Oliver, James. An Apple Is Born: First Taste of a New Breed. Epicurious. 26 September 2008. Retrieved October 2010 from http://www.epicurious.com/articlesguides/blogs/editor/2008/09/an-apple-is-bor.html?mbid=rss_epilf