What better destiny for an old variety of Normandy apple than tarte tartin on Easter Day?

Court Pendu Plat, one of the heritage apples in our orchard, has for the first time in its six seasons produced a small but fine crop. Grown in France in the 1500s, Rowan Jacobsen writes in Apples of uncommon character that it’s possibly been in cultivation far longer. The name describes its short stem and flat shape.

Rowan also calls it a keeper, lasting months in storage. And he says it’s an inspired choice for tarts! We’ll know this evening!