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Canada: Sweetest Apples ever thanks to Mother Nature!

Annapolis Valley farmers will be remembering the summer of 2012 as one of the hottest and driest summers in memory. This means a vintage year for Nova Scotia apples which has accentuated the sweet taste of our premium apples, in particular the new apple on the block, SweeTango. This year, our SweeTango apple taste has been described as “incredible”.

SweeTango apples now in grocery stores in Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada are the sweetest SweeTango apples that have been produced to date in Nova Scotia. "The hot, dry weather we experienced in the orchard this growing season has resulted in extra sweet, flavourful apples," comments David Cudmore, CEO of Scotian Gold Co-operative Limited.

SweeTango is a cross between Honeycrisp and Zestar apples and already boasts a unique flavour profile during years of average temperatures and precipitation. This year due to the hot, dry weather, the apple offers exceptional flavour.

"There's a trade-off," according to Dave Parrish, COO at Scotian Gold, "this year's apples tend to be smaller than other years. Tree fruit requires precipitation to plump up. We didn't get that much-needed summer precipitation. They say good things come in small packages and this year that saying is true for our apples. We have smaller apples, but they are packed with flavour"

At last week's Canadian Chef's Congress held in Grand Pre, Nova Scotia, chefs from across the country sampled SweeTango apples. Some of their comments included: "Absolutely amazing apple. Firm but yet juicy, incredibly tasty and very fun to cook with", "I love the flavour, the acidity, the bite and the finish", "Sweet, crunchy, delish".

SweeTango apples are grown by Scotian Gold Co-operative Limited apple growers in Nova Scotia and were introduced to the Atlantic Canadian market 3 years ago. As orchards mature and apple volumes increase, distribution has expanded. Last year a small volume of SweeTango apples were distributed to Ontario, this year the volume will be higher in Ontario and the apple will be introduced to the Quebec market.

SweeTango apples are now at retail locations in Ontario and Quebec, areas whose apple industry was also affected my Mother Nature.

For more information:
David Cudmore
Scotian Gold Co-operative Limited
Tel: +1 902 679 6770
david.cudmore@scotiangold.com

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