Meet the sweet, juicy Honeycrisp successor

On shelves for only a few short months (August – November), SweeTango® brand Minneiska cultivar apples are part sweet, part tangy and have a refreshing crunch second to none.

SweeTango is the harmonious blend of the popular Honeycrisp apple variety and Zestar. Researchers at the University of Minnesota naturally crossed these two apples back in 2000, bringing together the best qualities from its mother (Honeycrisp) and father (Zestar) to create one special fruit. The first SweeTango apples made their way to market in 2009.

This special apple retains Honeycrisp’s sweet honey and citrus flavors, while also boasting Zestar’s warm fall spice notes and mildly tart, vibrant acidity. The most memorable part? Due to its extra-large structural cells, a bite into SweeTango apples causes the membranes to “shatter,” resulting in a completely satisfying and audible crunch.

SweeTango makes for a perfect snacking apple, is a great pairing companion, and brings an extra zing to salads and other fresh preparations. Download our FREE SweeTango eBook for a complete set of recipes to try!

It’s FREE! Download your SweeTango® Recipe Book Copy Now


Exterior: A blush apple with deep red coloration over a yellow-breaking background

Interior: Creamy white

Experience: Juicy and sweet, with hints of fall spices and vibrant acidity. Crisp and snappy like Honeycrisp apples.

Look for the Ladybug!


SweeTango apples are available under the Stemilt label, while organic SweeTango apples can be found under our Artisan OrganicsTM label.

View all our apples

Ways to Enjoy SweeTango® Apples

SweeTango® apples shine on their own as one of the best snacking apples around, and also work wonderful for pairings and fresh preparations. Give these delectable dishes a try!

Pairing Tip: SweeTango is a great companion with goat cheese or Gouda.

When can I find SweeTango® ?


SweeTango apples are available from late August through November. Stemilt’s SweeTangos go to stores in the western U.S., but the apple is available nationwide and in Canada.

Fun Facts

  • Minneiska is the cultivar name for SweeTango apples.
  • The trademark name SweeTango was given to the apple because of its equally sweet and tangy flavor.
  • Honeycrisp is the mother of SweeTango, while Zestar is the father. The father apple acts as a pollinator when researchers cross the pollen of the two apples.
  • SweeTango is a social apple. Like them on Facebook and follow the apple on Twitter.
  • Learn more at

Grown with Care by Stemilt

In the Western United States, SweetTango® apples are grown exclusively by the Mathisons of Stemilt Growers, a sixth-generation farming family from Wenatchee, Wash., the Apple Capitol of the World. Look for their apples in grocery aisles under the SweeTango label, or find the organic version under Stemilt’s Artisan Organics™ label.