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SweeTango Apples

By Bob on October 19, 2011 6:53 AM

You know the old saying, "An Apple A Day..." yeah, you know the rest. Well, I don't know about the doctor part of that saying, but I do eat an apple (almost) every day. I have these big executive lunches every day here at blogger HQ, usually consisting of a pimento cheese sandwich, followed by an apple for dessert. Don't get me started about Charlotte's lunch choices...let's just say they're low-fat, low-cal, high in protein and topped with plenty of hot sauce. No apples. No dessert, either. It's just how she rolls.
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Thanks to my love of apples and our friends at Central Market, I've become somewhat of an apple connoisseur.


They've got more organic apples than you can name - Piñata, McIntosh, Winesap, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith and - my fave - Honeycrisp. I thought I pretty much had the apple situation covered until I discovered my NEW favorite apple: SweeTango.


SweeTango is a new apple variety grown and marketed by Next Big Thing, A Growers' Cooperative of some of the most respected family-owned orchards in North America. It took them more than a decade in development to come up with the SweeTango and - gotta tell you - it was worth it.




The apple's crispy crunch and complex flavor deliver a superior apple-eating experience. Both sweet and tart with hints of fall spices, SweeTango's flavor, balanced by vibrant acidity makes it a great complement to sandwiches, salads or a cheese plate.


They're in limited distribution, but you can find a full list of locations at SweeTango.com.The Boomer Brief gives 'em two enthusiastic Thumbs Up.


Apples are one of the healthiest snacks, with benefits ranging from helping control cholesterol, prevent heart disease and manage weight. If you're like Charlotte and prefer your apples in pies, tarts and cobblers, then check out this recipe with your SweeTango apples.


Pritikin Longevity Center + Spa's Recipe for Baked Apples

Serves 6


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.


Core apples to ½ inch of the bottom of the apples.  It helps if you have an apple corer. If not, simply use a paring knife. Cut out the stem area first, then the core. Use a spoon to dig out the seeds. Make the holes about ¾-inch wide.


Mix apple juice concentrate and vanilla. Pour into cored center of each apple.


Place a cinnamon stick in the center of each apple. Place apples on nonstick baking sheet and bake in oven for 20 minutes.


If desired, serve garnished with raspberries and fresh mint leaves.


Nutrition Information (per serving):30 calories, 0.5g total fat, 0g saturated fat, 0mg cholesterol, 1g protein, 5g fiber, 15mg sodium.

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