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Catshead

Why you should be excited

Catshead is an unusually-shaped cooking apple that really does look like a cat’s head when viewed in profile.

The story of Catshead

Looking at this apple is slightly reminiscent of gazing at the sky on a clear night.

Have you ever tried to make out a constellation and convince yourself that the pattern of stars really does form the shape of a crab or a bear?

You might find the experience similar when you gaze at a Catshead apple, trying to see it as you’re expected to: shaped like the head of a cat. Sometimes yes and sometimes no, I’d say.

However, even if you have trouble seeing this apple as shaped like a feline’s noggin, you will likely agree with the old-time appreciation of this essentially rectangular apple as easy to package-up as a dumpling to be sent out to a farmer’s field for lunch.

And regardless of what you see in the shape, it’s definitely a conversation-piece.

Catshead Facts

Its origins

Unknown origins in England. First recorded in 1629.

Flavour, aroma, texture

When cooked, it becomes a sharp, firm puree.

Appearance

This box-shaped green or pale yellow apple really does look somewhat like a cat's head when viewed in profile.

When they’re available

Mid-season (usually in early October).

Quality for fresh eating

Mainly used as a cooking apple.

Quality for cooking

Good.

Quality for cider

Doesn't have a particular history as a cider apple, but -- like other heritage varieties -- it can contribute a good amount of acid to cider blends.

Keeping ability

Good (about 3 months when kept refrigerated).