Created at Cornell University’s Agricultural Station in 1898, the Cortland Apple is a popular tree around the Great Lakes even today. It is now the 12th most popular apple in the US. The Cortland takes advantage of the US’s cold winters and sunny, hot summers to ripen in Late September. A cross of the McIntosh for its flavor and Ben Davis for its cold hardiness.
The Cortland skin is deep red, almost purple in color and is glossy. Contrast this with its almost startlingly white flesh and tart, tangy taste, this apple is a visual and tasteful experience. It is very juicy, without any tannins and is best eaten within a week of picking. It holds its shape when sliced and does not brown easily but does not like to get baked. Picking began around Sept. 10th in US zip code 54631 in 2023 and continued for three weeks.
USDA Zone: 3-9
M.111: ~18-20' or 85% of Standard; Semi-Dwarf
EMLA.7: ~15-17’ or 60-70% of Standard; Semi-Dwarf Ships Spring 2024
Sun: Full Sun
Bloom Group: 3, Mid Season
Ripening Time: Mid to Late September