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.
Unknown origins in England. First recorded in 1629.
Flavour, aroma, texture
When cooked, it becomes a sharp, firm puree.
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
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.
Good (about 3 months when kept refrigerated).