This all-purpose apple is a cross between the Ben Davis and the mcintosh and almost identically resembles the latter, though the Cortland is slightly larger and brighter in color. It's a vivid red with darker striping and the flavor is sweetly tart and perfumy. The flesh is juicy and crisp and doesn't brown when cut. See also apple.
From The Food Lover's Companion, Fourth edition by Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst. Copyright © 2007, 2001, 1995, 1990 by Barron's Educational Series, Inc.