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Macoun apple

Last updated 01 Mar 2012.

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Current rating: 4.6 out of 5. Total votes cast: 29
 

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04 Aug 2014 
I am lucky enough to have my own tree! They are a really great apple when our tree gives them to us. We get apples every other year and then it is usually loaded and we have to remove some or the branches get too low and the fruit doesn't get too big. Anyone who has tried them, really likes them. Have not see them sold around here, tho.


16 Dec 2013 
McIntosh had been my favorite apple until I tried my first Macoun. The Macoun's white flesh is flavorful and fragrant. The Macoun seems to keep slightly longer than McIntosh and bruises less easily than McIntosh. I rate the Macoun a 5.0!


17 Nov 2013 
The best apple variety I have ever eaten. Great flavor, cider-y without being too tart. Nice medium size. Great texture. Juicy. Desperately miss them here in Australia, where they have not been introduced. Jonahgolds, Pink Ladies and Jazz do not compare.


30 Oct 2013 
What a fantastic apple! Love the flavor, and the light sweetness.


21 Oct 2013 
I drove half way across Washington state again this year ('13) to try some more heritage apples at Feil Pioneer Fruit. This time, one was Macoun. Wow, such subtlety amidst sweet! I must try using 'em other ways besides eating fresh, but fresh: Wow!


09 Oct 2013 
Bought one at an orchard stand in Sherborn, MA many years ago. Took one bite as I stepped outside, and immediately made a you turn back to the stand to buy a bushel. Still the best apple I've ever tasted.


24 Mar 2013 
We are so lucky in NH to have so many orchards that grow Macouns. With out a doubt, it is the best eating apple I've ever tasted. It is not surprising to see so many comments that feel the same way! For the ultimate apple treat, you just have to get them fresh from the orchard!


07 Jan 2013 
Bo - Awesome apple. Simple red apple flavor. Not as crisp as a red delicious with a more tender flesh. Perfect for eating and cooking. Brent- This apple had a surprising crunch and was chock full of apple flavor without being overly sweet.


06 Dec 2012 
This apple excites me. I could eat them everyday, if I could. Hard to find here. I get small ones at W-Foods and large ones at The Boys in Delray Beach. I have been paying, 1.49 lb I created a SIMPLE recipe for a single crust Maple Macoun Italian Hazelnut topped a/o Almond, Pecan, Walnut Pie with Santa Teresa Anjejo Rum in the mix with a few other simple things. I use Immaculate Brand ready made pie crust. I love Haagen-Daz Strawberry on top or Rum Raisin sometimes. If I had one wish to improve my recipe, I would really go for an organic macoun. Know of any ?


14 Nov 2012 
Was at Whole Foods in Middleton, NJ, looking for the Macintoshes as they WERE my favorite snacking apple. They didn't have any, but I saw a display of Macouns and saw they looked a bit like larger, darker Macintosh apples. When I got home and tried one I was instantly hooked! I wish I had bought more! They have the best crunch, so crips and then softer as you chew it, juicy, and really sweet. My new favorite for sure.


25 Oct 2012 
I just submitted a comment but forgot to rate it!! i would give it TEN apples! top of the pile! Pat Hirsch


25 Oct 2012 
I lived in Kansas until moving to Maryland about 15 years ago--I had never heard of or tasted Macouns until driving up through New York state and at the welcome center they had a big bowl of these apples that were so delicious! I order them from NY when I can't find them in nearby stores. They are the perfect eating apple!


14 Oct 2012 
I went to Monroe NY to visit a friend last week and he had to convince me to try a Macoun apple, I'm just not a huge fan of apples. It was the best apple I ever tasted! I was taking a bus back to Bklyn and brought some home with me and couldn't stop eating them, luckily there is a farmers market across the street from me and when we walked past I saw a sign for Macoun apples, I went ballistic and was making the apple guy laugh because I was so excited. I bought about 8 lbs of them and am eating one right now. LOVE THEM! :)


11 Oct 2012 
Helping out the Macoun. I realized it wasn't doing as well rating-wise compared to the other apples on this site. Malarkey.


06 Oct 2012 
Hi, Purchased Macoun apples in York, Maine every year at the end of September. The best apples we ever had. Hope they were available in the Province of Quebec - Canada Thank you


09 Sep 2012 
Another wonderful apple. Used for baking, eating, sauce, etc. excellent flavor.


09 Sep 2012 
First tasted this at a local orchard last fall. Now all apples taste "less than". Loves the crispness and the taste now defines "apple" for me - sweet, but but with snap.


15 Oct 2011 
Star Valley Orchards grows them in Warrens Wisconsin, just 9 miles from the 1-90 & I-94 divide by Tomah. Located next to the I-94 ramps.


25 Sep 2011 
Several years ago we tried a macoun at an orchard near Bayfield, Wisconsin and were hooked. Found them again in southwest Wisconsin. It seems that the older orchards still have them in the upper midwest, which is great. It is a great apple. Buy some.


04 Aug 2011 
We used to live in Esmond, Rhode Island, east of Providence. We would drive west a few miles west into Connecticut. In both states we were able to buy Macouns. The most fantastic apple I have ever eaten! Large red apples that were crisp and the juice would run down your chin. My friends send me some from a Cape Cod grocery store, but they are smaller and not as good.


17 Apr 2011 
When I was a little girl, these were the only "apple" I knew, so I was spoiled by the rich cran-apple color, the crisp texture, the bright pulp and the sweet flavor of these apples. Now I am an adult, and the great assortment of apples is a disappointment to me. My greatest consolation in the end of summertime is that I will have access to these wonderful apples again. :-) *Thank you* for creating this site, where I learned they are a hybrid of the Macintosh.


08 Oct 2010 
As a native New Englander, I had the good fortune to be close to Macoun trees each October. Since moving to the west, I can find them no place at all, so I have a friend ship some to me each year. There is nothing like them, and I completely agree that it's the best snacking apple I've ever tasted. I want a tree for my home in the Pacific Coastal Northwest, and hope it will grow...


23 Mar 2010 
I have read that the rave HoneyCrisp apple is parented by Macoun and Honeygold.


16 Oct 2009 
The Shop-rite Market chain has agreed to put in an order for Macoun apples in my area. Many thanks to them. My husband was on business in Bethlehem PA yesterday and found a Wegmans which is selling some gorgeous Macouns right now. I'm one happy camper!


14 Oct 2009 
I tried the Macoun apple for the first time several years ago and although I am not such a fruit lover, I was AMAZED at how wonderful these apples tasted. As they are only available in the fall, I try every October to get my hands on a few. Unfortunately, this year NO ONE seems ro stock any in the South Jersey area. If anyone knows of a supermarket or farmers market which carries them within driving distance of my location, let me know here. Many thanks.


10 Oct 2009 
My husband and I just got back from New Hampshire. We tasted our first Macoun there. As we were exploring the backroads, we came into this truck on the side of the road. The gentleman had apple cider and apples. My husband decided to get a half gallon of the apple cider. He did not have change for the bill my husband gave him so he just gave him a sackful of apples. By far, it is the best eating apples we have ever tasted! So now I am looking at websites to see where I can get a tree to plant.


04 Oct 2009 
Very white melting flesh with a very nice taste, mellow and sweet. Problems growing: sets too heavily and need to be mercilessly thinned, heavy fruit drop and few reach maturity from the original heavy setting crop, often has browning spots under the skin. Too delicate for cooking or storage, but very nice for fresh eating. Although the taste is among my favorites, I am actually thinking of cutting down my very healthy tree and replacing it with another variety because on the above mentioned problems.


21 Sep 2009 
A fresh Macoun in May? I thought they were only available in October and November. It is, indeed, a fantastic apple, with a tremendous crunch when the weather is just right. The crunch disappears as the apple ages.


03 May 2009 
At a Connecticut farmer's market, I asked an apple grower to sell me just one apple, to have as a snack. He said in his opinion, the best snacking apple in the world is Macoun. I bought one, and it was fantastic. Crisp and sweet and fresh. Quite possibly the best apple I've ever tasted.



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Another McIntosh style apple variety from the famous Geneva Research Station, and considered one of the better ones.

Macoun phototape

Origins

  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Parentage: McIntosh x Jersey Black
  • Originates from: New York state, United States
  • Introduced: 1920s
  • Developed by: Geneva Research Station, New York
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1197
  • UK National Fruit Collection accession number: 1929-040
  • We are grateful to Brogdale Farm - home of the UK National Fruit Collection - for providing samples of this variety.

Identification

  • Flesh colour: White
  • Flesh colour: White to Greenish to Greenish Yellow
  • Fruit size: Medium

Using

  • Harvest period: Late season

Growing

  • Flowering period: Mid season
  • Flowering group: 3
  • Fertility: Self-sterile
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Period of origin: 1900 - 1949

Disease resistance

  • Cedar apple rust  - Some resistance
  • Scab  - Some susceptibility
  • Fireblight  - Some susceptibility

Relationships to other varieties

Parents and other ancestors of this variety:

Offspring of this variety:

References and further reading about this variety

  • Cedar-Apple Rust  
    Author: Stephen Vann, University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture (FSA7538)
    Rated as resistant - control only needed under high disease pressure.

Macoun identification photos from official fruit collections

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Latest Spring blossom records for this variety

2014 season

  • 13th May  2014  - tree owned by Alison in HADLEY, United States
  • 9th May  2014  - tree owned by Mike in GLEN ROCK, United States

2013 season

  • 12th May  2013  - tree owned by Alison in HADLEY, United States
  • May  2013  - tree owned by Robert in PLAINFIELD, United States

2011 season

  • May  2011  - tree owned by Kris in HOLDEN, United States

2010 season

  • May  2010  - tree owned by Kris in HOLDEN, United States

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Latest harvest records for this variety

2014 season

    2013 season

    • 3rd week October  2013  - tree owned by Alison in ALBION, United States
    • 4th week September  2013  - tree owned by Robert in PLAINFIELD, United States

    2011 season

      2010 season

      • 1st week October  2010  - tree owned by Kris in HOLDEN, United States

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