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The Apple Pies of Our Eyes

THE APPLE’S unique status as a cultural icon takes on special meanings in America when baked in a pie. Apple…

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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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September 2020 featured orchard: The Big Apple, Wrentham, Massachusetts. (Bar Lois Weeks)


THE 2020 NEW ENGLAND APPLES wall calendar is now available.

Each month features a photograph of a New England orchard by Bar Lois Weeks and Russell Steven Powell, a photo and description of a New England apple, and a health tip about eating apples.

The back page has a list of New England orchards with web addresses and contact information.

To order your calendar, send $10 to New England Apple Association, PO Box 41, Hatfield, MA 01038. Price includes shipping.