McIntosh apple trees
- Gardening skill: Suitable for beginners
- Picking season: Late
- Keeping (of fruit): 2-3 weeks
- Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
- Pollination group: 2
- Uses: Eating fresh
- Uses: Cooking
- Uses: Juice
McIntosh (or Macintosh) is one of the great North American apples. Discovered in the early 19th century it rapidly became an important home and commercial apple variety in Canada and the north-eastern USA.
McIntosh is notable for its distinctive vinous flavor - reminiscent of sweet grapes - its maroon skin color, and its gleaming white juicy flesh.
The "Mac" has numerous descendants, all of which seem to inherit the characteristic maroon color and sweet flesh.
How to grow
McIntosh is ideally suited for the climates of Ontario and Quebec and the north-eastern states of the USA. It is a reliable cropper and not troubled by cold winters.
Advice on fruit tree pollination.
Discovered in the early 19th century by John McIntosh, a farmer in Ontario, Canada. It is thought to be descended from Fameuse, the "snow apple" of Quebec.
McIntosh has been widely used in breeding programs, and the characteristic deep crimson / maroon skin color is invariably passed on to its offspring.
- Picking season:
Eating fresh Cooking Juice
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- Gardening skill:
Suitable for beginners
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- Cedar apple rust:
- Cold hardiness (USDA):
(4) -30F / -34C
- Summer average maximum temperatures:
Cool ( 20C - 24C / 68F - 75F) Cold (< 20C / 67F)
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- Period of origin:
1800 - 1849
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Developed from McIntosh, Cortland is one of the most widely-grown Mac-style apples.
Enterprise is a modern American disease-resistant apple, good for eating fresh and cooking.
Macoun is one of the best McIntosh-style apples, with the characteristic flowery vinous flavor.