Variety Spotlight: McIntosh

The fall season is all about apples in New York state! What better way to pay tribute to these sweet, juicy jewels of the earth than to talk about their delicious characteristics, the endless potential for ways to eat them, and, of course, where you can pick them this season. Presented in partnership with the New York Apple Association, check out the latest in our series of “Apple Spotlights!

Apple Variety: McIntosh

Background: The classic northeast dual purpose apple variety, McIntosh’s highly aromatic and vinous flavor is still prized by many for baking and fresh eating in-season. Named after John McIntosh, a New Yorker farming in Ontario at the turn of the 19th century, who discovered the seedling on his farm in 1811, according to Fishkill Farms.

Characteristics: Sweet with a tart tang; very juicy; tender, white flesh

Best Uses: Excellent for eating and sauces; good for salads and pies

Recipe Ideas: Apple Cranberry Superb Sauce, Baked Apple Slices, New York Stovetop Applesauce, Classic Apple Pie.

Availability: September through June

U-Pick Locations: Head up to Westchester County to pick Mcintosh apples at Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard. Or you can hop on our Apple Picking Farm Fresh Tours to pick your own McIntosh apples at Fishkill Farms and Mead Orchards!

Check out the orchard locator and find the nearest farm to fulfill all your fall fall harvest and apple picking needs! You can also head over to the EscapeMaker’s guide to apple picking in New York State for some of our favorite farms and orchards.

For more apple varieties and details, visit the New York Apple Association varieties page

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