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Tango peaches are entirely golden-yellow, without any of the red blush typical of most peaches. The uniquely colored, flat peach is 10 centimeters in diameter and about 3 to 4 centimeters tall (about the size of the fruit’s pit). Tango peaches are aromatic and have a slightly fuzzy skin. Like all flat peach cultivars, Tango is a clingstone variety; its flesh hugs the pit at the center of the fruit. The flesh is firm, and described as ‘non-melting’. The taste is sweet with a bit more acid than the red-skinned varieties.
Tango peaches are available in the summer months, just after the red-blushed variety.
Tango peaches are a hybrid variety of the short, squat stone fruit, often referred to as Donut or Saturn peaches for their shape. Botanically, they are known as Prunus persica var. platycarp; however, this variety is unique due to its yellow versus white flesh. Tango peaches were an intentional hybrid, created by two individuals from the Rutgers, New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. It was named ‘Rutgers 250 All-Star Variety’ in July of 2016 for its commercial and home garden appeal. The sweet, yellow peaches are also marketed under the name “Peach Pie”.
Tango peaches are a good source of vitamins A and C and dietary fiber. They contain beta-carotene, as well as the minerals sodium, potassium, fluoride, and iron. The disc-like fruits are full of antioxidants, sourced from polyphenols like lutein, zeaxanthin, and ß-cryptoxanthin and vitamin C.
Tango peaches are ideal for eating fresh, out-of-hand. They can be used in lieu of other peach varieties in pies, jams, tarts, and other recipes. Core Tango peaches like apples using a corer to remove the pit or a 3-in-1 corer, slicer and divider. A divided peach can be heated or grilled and topped with ice cream for a quick dessert. Tango peaches sliced horizontally can be battered and fried for a different take on a peach donut. Grill whole Tango peaches to serve as a side for barbeque chicken or pork. Tango peaches will store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Tango peaches, along with 12 other peaches patented by Joseph Goffreda, helped establish New Jersey as a major peach producing state. Goffreda’s Tango peaches earned him the recognition of “Inventor of the Year” by the New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame in 2015. According to the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service, New Jersey is among the leading states in peach production.
Tango peaches were developed over a long period of time by the Rutgers Fruit and Ornamental Research Extension Center in New Jersey. They were selectively bred by the director of the center, Joseph Goffreda and long-time lab technician, Anna Voordeckers. The two wanted a fruit with a distinctive color, flat peach shape, and heirloom cling-peach flavor. After the initial planting, it was four years before the trees bore fruit. The new variety was first named “NJF 16” and later was patented under the name TangO®. The variety began appearing in markets in the United States around 2012. Donut peaches are known as Tabacchiera peaches in their native Italy. The word ‘tabacchiera’ means “snuffbox” in Italian, a nod to the shape of the peach. The flattened stone fruit variety is native to the slopes of Mt. Etna, on the Italian island of Sicily. Peaches have been growing there since the turn of the 19th century.
Recipes that include Tango Peaches. One is easiest, three is harder.
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