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It seems every fall we have new varieties of apples to choose from. Some are very good, and some are OK. I think the Gala apple is the best to be marketed in a long time.
My all time favorite is the Red Delicious. But, all Red Delicious apples are not the same. Growing conditions affect the color, texture, sugar content, etc.
My favorite Red Delicious apple hails from Washington state. These smaller than 'standard' Red Delicious apples are packed with lots more flavor than you'll find in the larger apple. Big things come in small packages? Yes!
On my last visit to the neighborhood grocer, I saw two varieties new to me. I bought one of each. So far, I've tried just one.
The name Sweet Tango is a misnomer. These apples probably do have a high sugar content, but it is overshadowed by tartness.
This apple is so tart, it reminds me of a Granny Smith. I'm thinking, if one likes Granny Smith, but wishes it wasn't quite so tart, Sweet Tango would be for them. I'm also thinking it would be great for pies if not cooked for very long, (it is an eating, not cooking, apple).
One thing this Sweet Tango apple does have going for it is crispness. It is absolutely the crispiest apple I have ever encountered, bar none.
If you like an apple with a lot of flavor and a double portion of 'twang', check out this Sweet Tango. It's right puckerified!
How do you know when you're picking apples from the grocery if they're fresh or not? Run your fingers over the skin of the apple, if it feels smooth, it's a fresh apple. But if it feels like the skin is rubbery or wrinkly, it's not a fresh apple.