Why you should be excited
Fortune is a modern variety from New York that's got a pleasant spiciness and excellent sweet-tart balance.
The story of Fortune
This high-quality long-keeping apple seems at first glance to be a good old heritage variety. But it's actually a modern introduction, bred in New York State and soon after its introduction, relegated to obscurity by the popularity of one of its parents: Empire.
The Fortune tree grows well, but tends to produce fruit in alternate years (that's called being 'biennial') while also struggling with susceptibility to common apple tree diseases.
Even with those issues, the flavour of the fruit is what wins people over; it's sweet and tart simultaneously, combined with a distinct spiciness. The apples are large and Fortune does well both with fresh eating and in baking.
Just don't confuse this variety with Laxton's Fortune...
Bred in Geneva, New York, USA; 1995 introduction.
Flavour, aroma, texture
The crisp, cream-coloured flesh has a spicy flavour and a nice balance of sweetness and tartness.
Large and round, with a greenish background mostly covered with burgundy red.
When they’re available
Late season (usually in late October).
Quality for fresh eating
Quality for cooking
Quality for cider
Not generally viewed as a cider apple.
Very good (3 or 4 months when kept refrigerated).