McIntosh

 
Texture - Firmness
Firm and hard
Internal Character
White to Cream, pale yellow, very juicy
Flavor
Light tart, fresh aroma
Uses
Cider, fresh eating and cooking.
Facts of Interest McIntosh is without doubt one of the great North
American apple varieties. Like its 19th century
contemporaries Golden Delicious and Red Delicious,
it has become a highly influential apple variety with
numerous offspring. However unlike those varieties
its popularity has not spread outside North America,
and indeed most "Mac" production, remains centred in New England and across the border in Quebec
and Ontario. The apple was discovered by a John
McIntosh, a farmer in Ontario in the early 19th century, and he and his family became involved in propagating
trees. The McIntosh apple was ideally suited to the
climate of the area, being a heavy and reliable cropper
with good cold hardiness, and seems to achieve its best flavor in colder apple-growing regions. The McIntosh style is typified by attractive dark red or (more often) crimson
colours, and a crunchy bite, often with bright white flesh. The flavor is simple and direct, generally sweet but with refreshing acidity, and usually a hint of wine - often referred to as "vinous". In general these apples keep reasonably well in storage, but the flavour falls away quite rapidly - although remaining perfectly pleasant.
Classic large, round apple for eating out of hand! Ultra-juicy white flesh, lightly tart flavor and excellent fresh apple aroma. A perky addition to salads. Excellent in applesauce and cider. Also used in pies.

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