The McIntosh Apple celebrates its 201st Birthday in 2012

My public school teacher Mrs. Sanderson used to eat the entire apple, seeds, blossom end and all. It always fascinated me to watch her crunch through everything. Leaving nothing, just like a rabbit nibbling an entire carrot, top and all. I learned quite a few things from her, but I still toss out apple cores and stems.

Next time you’re at a market or produce section of a supermarket pick up a few McIntosh apples. You’ll see them in stores between mid-September to May. When you crunch into the white juicy flesh think, ponder this.  The McIntosh originated as a chance seedling by John McIntosh of Dundela, Ontario.Every McIntosh tree and apple in the world is a descendent of the original McIntosh tree.  The McIntosh apple represents approximately 25 per cent of Ontario’s total acreage.

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