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Jonamac apple

Medium size, firm fruit with 90% dark red color over greenish background. Flesh firm, crisp, high quality with flavor similar to McIntosh.

Jonamac identification photos

UK National Fruit Collection
UK National Fruit Collection
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Visitor reviews

  • 15 Nov 2019  Amanda L.,  NY, United States
    My family bought a pound of jonamacs from a tiny fruit stand in Pennsylvania on a road trip. The farmer recommended them and we took a chance. They were the best apples we had ever tasted! We still talk about the bunch of apples to this day.
  • 27 Sep 2013  Jack Feil,  WA, DOUGLAS, United States
    very good earing, Flavor does not reflect parentage, has its own unique flavor, breaking flrsh , juicy. Nice appearance but not exceptional, tendency for prehaevest drop. If not satisfied with your present preferred apple, this is a must try.
  • 03 Oct 2012  M. Reed,  TX, United States
    More like a Mac than Johnathan, I think, but a touch sweeter. Delicious eaten out of hand. It didn't last long enough for me to tell if the very white flesh would brown! Very nice.
  • 28 Oct 2011  David M. Taylor,  WI, United States
    After raving about Cortland for years, I just found my new favorite apple, consistently even better than Cortland -- Jonamac. It tastes almost exactly the same as Cortland, but it might be slightly more tart, not quite as soft (but pretty close), more juicy, and a more shiny and beautiful looking apple than Cortland. It also has an aftertaste that is like honey -- delicious! The one disadvantage it has compared to Cortland is it turns brown like a normal apple and does not stay pure white for a long time -- but who really cares! Delicious.
  • 14 Jul 2011  Eric,  NY, United States
    The flavor can be described as crisp, freshly firm and almost a cinnamony/nutmeg spicy undertones. Spicy is the best way to describe it. Its an umami Macintosh. Very savory, its hard to eat just 1. On first bite you'll think, "What is that flavor? Yum.". Probably one of the more under appreciated apples in the New York orchards, picked less due to seasonal overlap, but tastes superior to Macintosh As an everyday eater and lunch apple, its highly recommended. Marginal cooking apple, but OK if mixed with Cortlands to provide some zip. 4 out of 5 rating, this would be an outstanding apple if it kept longer, keeps a measly 2 weeks on the counter, and just over 2 months in the fridge. Not a "next year" apple in storage.

Tree register

United States


Harvest records for this variety

2013 season

  • 3rd week October  2013  - tree owned by Craig in Manning, United States


  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Parentage: McIntosh x Jonathan
  • Originates from: United States
  • Introduced: 1944
  • Developed by: Roger D. Way, New York State Agricultural Experiment Station
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1755
  • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1974-059


  • Flesh colour: White
  • Fruit size: Medium
  • Fruit size: Variable
  • Fruit shape: Flat-round
  • Fruit shape: Short-round-conical
  • Fruit shape: Round
  • Fruit shape: Round-conical


  • Flavour quality: Very good
  • Flavour style: Honeyed / Scented
  • Flavour style: Sharp / refreshing
  • Flavour style: Strawberry / raspberry
  • Flavour style: Sweeter
  • Flavour style: Sweet/Sharp
  • Flavour style: Aromatic
  • Harvest period: Mid season


  • Flowering period: Mid-Late season
  • Flowering group: 4
  • Bearing regularity: Biennial tendency
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer
  • Period of origin: 1900 - 1949

Parents and other ancestors of this variety

Offspring of this variety


  • Cedar apple rust  - Some resistance

Where to buy fresh fruit

United States


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

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