Young Summer Cortland tree in Saylor Orchard
The thin skin of the Summer Cortland apple is greenish with a pink to red blush. Their crisp white flesh is exceptionally juicy with a tart flavor. They are ready to harvest in late July.
Summer Cortland apples are low in calories, high in water content and offer a fair amount of vitamins A, C and B. They also contain a dietary fiber known as pectin, which has been shown to lower cholesterol levels and trace amounts of boron, which has been touted for its ability to help build strong bones.
Extremely slow to brown when cut, the Summer Cortland apple is perfect for use in fresh apple preparations. Add cubed apple to green and fruit salads. Slice thin and add to sandwiches, burgers and quesadillas. Use in lieu of crackers and pair with sweet and savory dips or flavorful cheeses. The tart flavor of the Cortland apple also shines in cooked preparations. Bake into cakes, tarts, cobbler, quiche and galettes or slow cook to make soups, sauce and preserves.