Farm: Nature's First Fruit, BC
The skin of this medium-sized apple is mostly bright red, but often includes green and white areas. The flesh is white, crisp and tart tasting.
The McIntosh apple (Malus domestica “McIntosh”) is often called the national apple of Canada. The McIntosh has been enjoyed since 1811, when John McIntosh discovered the first seedling in Deundela, Ontario. John McIntosh cleared land on his farm near the USA border and transplanted the seedling near his farmhouse, and the apple tree became locally famous. It is grown mostly in eastern Ontario, British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley, and the northeastern United States.
The McIntosh is superb for making fresh cider and applesauce. This apple is, of course, excellent for eating fresh, or using in salads and pies. One hint for making pies, the McIntosh's tender flesh cooks down quickly, so add a thickener.