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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 - as well as its maroon skin color and its gleaming white juicy flesh.
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.
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McIntosh was discovered in the early 19th century by John McIntosh, a farmer in Ontario, Canada. It is thought to be a seedling of Fameuse, the "snow apple" of Quebec.
The "Mac" has been widely used in apple breeding programs and has numerous descendants, all of which seem to inherit the characteristic maroon skin color and sweet flesh.