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Cortland

A large all-purpose apple with a deep, purple-red color and yellow streaks, Cortland is considered moderately juicy and fairly sweet compared to McIntosh. Its white flesh browns very slowly when sliced, making Cortlands a standout for salads. Writer Roger Yepsen describes Cortland as a “friendly” apple in his book Apples. “The flavor is tart and tangy,” he writes, “but not emphatically so, and juicy. It is a good apple to accompany a sandwich.” He recommends it for pies, sauce, and cider, too. Cortland ripen in late September or early October.

Discovered: 1898 Geneva, New York

Parentage: Ben Davis x McIntosh

Harvest: Midseason

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THE SEASON IS IN FULL BLOOM AT APPLE HILL FARM

Blueberries, raspberries, and black currents are ready to be picked at Apple Hill Farm, 580 Mountain Road, Concord, New Hampshire, and apples will soon be on the way!

Pick-your-own hours are Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon. 

In addition to berries, Apple Hill has lots of fresh vegetables, jams, jellies and fresh baked goods at the farm stand. The farm stand is open daily until 5:30 p.m.

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