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McIntosh

McIntosh

Harvest: 
September
Season: 
September through December
Quality: 
very spicy, aromatic, slightly tart flavor, crisp texture
Use: 
fresh-eating, salads, sauce, pies, baking

Nothing quite compares with Mac for fresh-eating. The crispy, juicy and tangy, firm, yet tender white flesh is perfumed and spicy in a way that no other variety can match. Mac is a good kitchen apple, although it doesn't hold shape when cooked. True McIntosh fans won't consider any other variety and eat them all winter. They do get softer in storage, but the flavor holds up very well. McIntosh offspring include Cortland, Macoun, Empire, Spartan, Jonamac, possibly Paula Red, Jersey Mac, and many others.