WHAT IS A CORTLAND APPLE?
This McIntosh variety thrives in cold-weather climates and can be found mostly in New York State and Canada. Originally bred in the early 1900’s, it’s a cross between a McIntosh and Ben Davis apple. They tend to be sweet with a hint of sourness and beautiful snow-white flesh. Their hardiness makes them good both when eaten raw or when baked.
WHY ARE CORTLAND APPLES GOOD FOR YOU?
Contrary to popular opinion, not all apples are equally good for you. In one study, it was found that overweight men who consumed 1 Golden Delicious apple a day had higher cholesterol and were more at risk for heart disease. That varietal is higher in sugar and lower in phytonutrients then most other apples. Healthier choices were Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, Red Delicious or Braeburn. Cortlands are in the middle of this spectrum and in moderation yield the same health benefits as most other apples (fiber, nutrients and hydration)!
WHEN ARE CORTLAND APPLES IN SEASON?
They are a late fall harvest, and are available in North America September through April.
HOW SHOULD CORTLAND APPLES BE STORED?
So like with other McIntosh apples, the problem with Cortlands is that soon after being picked they tend to lose both their sweet flavor and crisp texture. They’re still edible after this, but a lot of their unique character has unfortunately been lost.
WHAT IS THE PROPER WAY TO CUT A CORTLAND APPLE?
This apple is slower to turn brown (oxidation) when cut then most other apples! And the knife technique is the same, click here to see!
WHICH APPLE MAKES THE BEST APPLE CIDER?
Cortland apples are one of the best varieties to use! Other apples such as Braeburn, Fuji or Red Delicious are also popular. Check out this recipe using your slow cooker to make apple cider!