Ugly little suckers, aren’t they? These are Roxbury Russets, delicious heirloom apples that makes it worth haunting the farmer’s markets asking if those russeted apples have come in yet. “Russet” means they have a thick, coarse skin that might even look like scales, but what it really is is armor–keeps the bugs out and the goodness in. I like to cut them up into my oatmeal but I knew I had to get at least one pie out of them.
These apples keep really well. I just threw a couple filled grocery bags of them into the pantry last October and they’re still nice and firm and sweet and quintesstially apples. I barely noticed in time that I was down to the last four.
And that plus a random Cortland is a pie!