Why you should be excited
Porter is a New England apple perhaps best known as a one-time favourite of the Fanny Farmer Cookbook.
The story of Porter
It's odd how the English have seemingly always valued a cooking apple that breaks down into a perfect mush, while folks in the United States have long had an opposite preference: apples that hold their shape firmly, no matter how long they're cooked.
Add Porter to the list, as this Massachusetts apple holds its shape and flavour remarkably well when cooked, gaining accolades from old editions of the classic Boston publication, Fanny Farmer Cookbook.
Raised from seed in Sherburne, Massachusetts, USA, about 1800.
Flavour, aroma, texture
The tender, crisp and juicy flesh is yellow, aromatic and has a nice subacid flavour.
The size varies. Skin is greenish-yellow, sometimes with an orangish blush or stripes. Sometimes russeted.
When they’re available
Mid-season (usually in mid-September).
Quality for fresh eating
Quality for cooking
We'll let you know when we find out.