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Cornish Aromatic Apples
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Cornish Aromatics are medium sized with prominent ribbing in a five crown formation. The shape is somewhat oblong to conical. As a russet apple, the Cornish Aromatic is covered in rough, dry skin that is greenish-yellow covered over with dull red flush and dark red stripes. Russeting can be variable, from small dots to large russet patches. The white or green flesh is fine-grained, firm, and dry, though can also tend toward mealy. The flavor is both sweet and sharp, and complex. The taste contains notes of pineapple, nuts, brandy, grain, and spice. As its name suggests, this apple is quite aromatic.
Cornish Aromatic apples are available in the winter.
The Cornish Aromatic apple is a heritage variety of Malus domestica from Cornwall, England. Exceptional examples of this apple gets high marks for their elegant, handsome appearance and distinctive flavor, although some fruits are mediocre, depending on growing conditions. The parentage of the Cornish Aromatic is unknown, since it is such an old variety. It was also called Sweet Lark at one time.
Apples such as the Cornish Aromatic include several beneficial nutrients in addition to flavor and texture. Apples contain dietary fiber, which aids in digestion, along with Vitamin C and other antioxidants, important for a healthy immune system. Apples also have smaller amounts of quercetin, boron, and Vitamin B.
To fully appreciate the Cornish Aromatic, use as a dessert apple rather than cooking or baking with it. This variety pairs nicely with a classic, sharp English cheddar cheese. Cornish Aromatics are picked in the fall and left to ripen in storage until winter time, when the flavor develops.
Cornish Aromatic trees are mostly popular in England, where they can be found in some apple enthusiasts’ gardens. Since their introduction to market in the early 1800s, they have been planted around England, beyond their original home in Cornwall.
While Cornish Aromatic apples were first introduced to the wider world in the early 19th century, they are thought to have been growing in Cornwall, England, for centuries beforehand. Sir Christopher Hawkins brought Cornish Aromatic apples to the attention of the London Horticultural Society in 1813. The tree can grow well in wet areas, and is fairly easy for gardeners to raise since they are compact and resistant to diseases such as canker and scab.