Macoun apple identification images
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USDA identification images for Macoun
The identification paintings in the USDA Pomological Watercolor Collection span the years 1886 to 1942.
Citation: U.S. Department of Agriculture Pomological Watercolor Collection. Rare and Special Collections, National Agricultural Library, Beltsville, MD 20705.
Parents and other ancestors of this variety
- McIntosh (parent)
- 17 Oct 2022 Kathy SorrellDelicious with sweetness and crisp--better than Honey Crisp
- 24 Sep 2018 Steven AckermanMA, United Statesafter tasting myriad other apples from the supermarkets the Macoun apple is the only one worth eating. After a challenge from friends we went apple picking at several orchards in the Boston area. I brought along supermarket Macoun apples since they are not grown by these orchards. In comparison there was no comparison. Supermarket Macouns won out compared fresh from the tree Delicious and its relatives.
- 06 Nov 2016 Christopher HerbstCA / HUMBOLDT COUNTY, United StatesA great apple fairly similar to Spartan and Liberty. Less tangy/acidic than Liberty and probably slightly more complex than Spartan. Appears to be disease resistant even here in foggy, cool coastal NW California.
- 09 Oct 2016 J. D. LebowNY, United StatesThey are fantastic, putting all other varieties in the shade for me. I shall soon be moving to London, to be near my family and shall miss, desperately, being able to eat my beloved Macouns. I would have thought that they could be grown in England, so why aren't they?
- 15 Feb 2016 MarkPA, United StatesI love this apple! Nothing like it and, living in NE Pennsylvania, I've had the great good fortune to try dozens of different apple varieties. The perfect combination of lightly sweet & slightly tart, this bright, crisp hybrid is the best tasting apple I've ever had. If you have the opportunity, try one this autumn, you won't be disappointed. 5 stars...
- 09 Nov 2015 JakeFL, United StatesBe Warned: the Macoun will ruin your taste for any other apple. The juice, the mixture of tart and sweet, the way whole pieces chunk off as you bite in...it's like heaven with a stem. If only they shipped/kept well.....
- 25 Apr 2015 PamNEW YORK, United StatesHands down, the best apple I have ever tasted. Back in the '80s, my family used to drive miles to an orchard to pick these. When the owner cut them down, we mourned. Years later, I found another orchard and they were just as good as I remembered. Now I frequently see them in local supermarkets. Crisp, white flesh, lots of tart-sweet juice. Eat one and you will never go back!
- 28 Feb 2015 KarenNEW HAMPSHIRE, United StatesNo better apple. Period. One bite and you're forever hooked! Superb apple flavor, excellent texture and the most amazing fragrance! Fresh, cooked, baked . . . no matter. Awesome!
- 27 Sep 2014 JillPA, United StatesThe BEST pie apple. Tart/Sweet, juicy, and very crispy. In my opinion, far superior to that mealy McIntosh that I simply cannot stand. These are great for eating and for baking, and hold their shape in a pie.
- 04 Aug 2014 JeriNE/HALL, United StatesI 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 JasperUnited StatesMcIntosh 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 Nathanael BuckleySYDNEY, AustraliaThe 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 Phillip aNC, United StatesWhat a fantastic apple! Love the flavor, and the light sweetness.
- 21 Oct 2013 Dave LiezenWASHINGTON, United StatesI 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 John Finlayson-FifeIL, United StatesBought 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 Rick HedrickNH, United StatesWe 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 and BrentNY, United StatesBo - 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 PalmerPALM BEACH COUNTY, United StatesThis 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 Tanya sNJ, United StatesWas 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 Pat HirschMD, United StatesI just submitted a comment but forgot to rate it!! i would give it TEN apples! top of the pile! Pat Hirsch
- 25 Oct 2012 Pat HirschMD, United StatesI 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 MjNY, United StatesI 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 RossWA, United StatesHelping 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 Pierrette CameronQUEBEC-CAN, CanadaHi, 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 SusanUT, United StatesAnother wonderful apple. Used for baking, eating, sauce, etc. excellent flavor.
- 09 Sep 2012 KathyPENNSYLVANIA, WASHINGTON COUNTY, United StatesFirst 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 KarenWI, United StatesStar 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 HankMN, United StatesSeveral 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 Jane BeecherPA, United StatesWe 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 CindyMASS, United StatesWhen 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 DarylannCA, United StatesAs 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 Karen PeckinpaughIN, United KingdomI have read that the rave HoneyCrisp apple is parented by Macoun and Honeygold.
- 16 Oct 2009 JosieSOUTH JERSEY, United StatesThe 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 JosieSOUTH JERSEY, United StatesI 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 Margaret BaileyBELLEVILLE, IL, United StatesMy 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 AndyROCHESTER, NY, United StatesVery 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 Karen RockowSALISBURY, VT, United StatesA 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 LeaNEW HAVEN, CT, United StatesAt 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.
- Aaron r Ely in Fairmont, WV
- Alison And Peter in Hadley, MASSACHUSETTS
- Alison Gardner in Albion, CALIFORNIA
- Andrew in Broomfield, CO
- Axel Kratel in Santa Cruz, CALIFORNIA
- Barron in STEWARTSTOWN, PA
- Brian Van Erem in Green Bay, WI
- Carolyn Drought in Franksville, WI
- Darylann in Crescent City, CALIFORNIA
- Dennis in Bradford, DARKE, OH
- George Cochran in Maple City, MI
- James Dierberger in Hebron, CT
- James Wargo in SOUTHBURY, CT
- Jason in WEST OLIVE, MICHIGAN
- Jeri in Grand Island, NE/HALL
- Joel Howie in Canton, NEW YORK
- Jon Shannon in Shaw Island, WA
- Juan Casero in PALM BAY, FLORIDA
- Judd Curran in MISSOULA, MONTANA
- Kacie Winn-Skelley in Plain City, OH
- Kim Lapacek in Poynette, WI
- Kris And Bruce in Holden, MAINE
- Mary Hayden in Oregon City, OR
- Matt in Emmett, MI
- Matt D in Canterbury, NH
- Meg Sandberg in QUINCY, MA
- Michael Foote in GREENPORT, NY
- Michael Le Boulluec in Glen Rock, PA
- Michelle Williams in Glenwood, SUSSEX COUNTY,NJ
- Mike in Glen Rock, PENNSYLVANIA (SOUTH-CENTRAL)
- Paul Gerrish in Newbury, MA
- Paul Gerrish in Newbury, MA
- Paul Grochowski in Floyd, VIRGINIA
- Peter in Johnson City, TN
- Renee Burger in Jericho, VT
- Rick Simoniello in Storrs / Mansfield, CT
- Ricky Bruckner in RAVENNA, OHIO (OH)
- Robert Barbuto in Plainfield, CT
- Robert Wallace in WESTMINSTER, VT
- Sean Russell in Tukwila, WA
- Shirley Morelli in Northport, WA
- Stephan Orchard in Westfield, INDIANA
- Thomas Griffith in Cottage Grove, WI
- Tim Cheney in Walpole, ME/LINCOLN
- Victoria Else in Middletown, NY
- Cheuk A Lam in Amsterdam, NOORD-HOLLAND
Spring blossom records for this variety
- 2nd March 2015 - tree owned by Michael in Glen Rock, United States
- 13th May 2014 - tree owned by Alison in Hadley, United States
- 9th May 2014 - tree owned by Mike in Glen Rock, United States
- 12th May 2013 - tree owned by Alison in Hadley, United States
- May 2013 - tree owned by Robert in Plainfield, United States
- May 2011 - tree owned by Kris in Holden, United States
- May 2010 - tree owned by Kris in Holden, United States
Harvest records for this variety
- Species: Malus domestica - Apple
- Parentage: McIntosh x Jersey Black
- Originates from: New York state, United States
- Introduced: 1920s
- Developed by: Geneva Research Station, New York
- UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1929-040
- We are grateful to Brogdale Farm - home of the UK National Fruit Collection - for providing samples of this variety.
- Country of origin: United States
- Period of origin: 1900 - 1949
- Fruit colour: Crimson
- Flower colour: Pink - light
- Leaf colour: Green
- Popularity: Best sellers
- Annual cycle: Deciduous
- Alleles: 3
- Alleles: 25
- Picking season: Late
- Keeping (of fruit): 1 week
- Flavour quality: Very good
- Flavour style (apples): Vinous
- Discoloration of fruit: Slightly oxidising (browns slowly)
- Cropping: Heavy
- Fruit persistence: Normal ripening
- Food uses: Eating fresh
- Picking period: mid-September
- Wildlife: RHS Plants for Pollinators
- Gardening skill: Average
- Flowering group: 3
- Pollinating others: Average
- Ploidy: Diploid
- Vigour: Vigorous
- Bearing regularity: Biennial tendency
- Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer
- Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
- Cold hardiness (USDA): (3) -40F / -40C
- Climate suitability: Temperate climates
- Summer average maximum temperatures: Cool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)
- Summer average maximum temperatures: Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)
- Summer average maximum temperatures: Cold (< 20C / 67F)
- Disease resistance: Average
- Cedar apple rust: Some resistance
- Canker: Some susceptibility
- Scab (Apple and Pear): Some susceptibility
- Fire blight: Some susceptibility
Where to buy trees
The following tree nurseries offer Macoun apple trees for sale:
Where to buy fresh fruit
The following orchards grow Macoun:
- Allyn's Red Barn, Ledyard
- Averill Farm, Washington Depot
- Bishop's Orchard, Guilford
- Country Corners Farm, Griswold
- Ellsworth Hill Orchard & Berry Farm, LLC, Sharon
- Emerald Green Farm & Gardens, Wallingford
- Hindinger Farm, Hamden
- Irish Bend Orchard, Somers
- Karabin Farms, Southington
- Lyman Orchards, Middlefield
- Norton Brothers Fruit Farms, Cheshire
- Palazzi Orchard, East Killingly
- Scott's Yankee Farmer, East Lyme
- Seek No Further Orchard, Hebron
- Staehly Farms, East Haddam
- BYU-Idaho Apple Orchard Museum, Rexburg
- Valley Orchard, Cherry Valley
- Fieldstone Enterprise, Overbrook
- Conant Orchards, Etna
- Eden Acres Family Farm, East Waterboro
- Hooper's Orchard, Monroe
- Hope Orchards, Hope
- Megquier Hill Orchard (formerly Goss), Otisfield
- North Chester Orchard, Chester
- Pietree Orchard, Sweden
- Pine View Orchard, Berwick
- Sweetser's Apple Barrel and Orchards, Cumberland Center
- Tiny Orchards, Saco
- Arcadian Farms, Holliston
- Atkins Farms, Amherst
- Autumn Hill Orchards, Groton
- Bolton Spring Farm, Bolton
- C.N. Smith Farm, East Bridgewater
- Carver Hill Orchards, Stow
- Charlton Orchard, Inc., Charlton
- Cider Hill Farm, Amesbury
- Clarkdale Fruit Farms, Deerfield
- Doe Orchards, Harvard
- Echo Hill Orchards and Winery, Monson
- Fairmount Fruit Farm, Franklin
- Green River Farms, Williamstown
- Hillbrook Orchards, Groton
- Mann Orchards, Methuen
- Marino Lookout Farm, South Natick
- Marshall Farm, Fitchburg
- Nicewicz Farm, Bolton
- Old Frog Pond Farm, Harvard
- Park Hill Orchard, Easthampton
- Parker's Orchard, Westborough
- Parlee Farms, Tyngsboro
- Phil's Apples, Harvard
- Ragged Hill Orchard, West Brookfield
- Red Apple Farm, Phillipston
- Russell Orchards, Ipswich
- Sholan Farms, Leominster
- Small Ones Farm, Amherst
- Stowe Farm Orchard, Millbury
- Tougas Family Farm, Northborough
- Westward Orchards, Harvard
- Wheel-View Farm, Shelburne
- Alyson's Apple Orchard, Walpole
- Apple Annie, Brentwood
- Applecrest Farm Orchards, Hampton Falls
- Appleview Orchard, Pittsfield
- Butternut Farm LLC, Farmington
- Carter Hill Orchard, Concord
- Demeritt Hill Farm, Lee
- Gould Hill Farm, Contoocook
- Hetnar Orchard Inc., Epping
- Lull Farm, Hollis
- Old Ciderpress Farm, Westmoreland
- Richardson's Farm, Boscawen
- Smith Orchard, Belmont
- Stone Brook Hill Farm, Gilford
- Stonybrook Farm, Gilford
- Alstede Farms, Chester
- Beemerville Orchards, Sussex
- Best's Fruit Farm, Hackettstown
- Colin's Apple Pit, Montague
- Delicious Orchards, Colts Neck
- Hillview Farms, Gillette
- Longmeadow Farm, Hope
- Mackeys Orchard, Belvidere
- Parks Farms, Chester
- Peaceful Valley Orchards, Pittstown
- Pochuck Valley Farms Market and deli, Glenwood
- Riamede Farm, Chester
- Ripple Hill Farm, Basking Ridge
- Sandy Acres Market, Hightstown
- Sun High Orchard, Randolph
- Terhune Orchards, Princeton
- Applewood Orchards, Warwick
- Bellinger's Apple Orchard, Fultonville
- Bidwell Orchards, Fort Plain
- Black Diamond Farm, Trumansburg
- Borden's Orchard, Schaghticoke
- Bowman Orchards, Rexford
- Canton Apples, Canton
- Cherry Ridge Farms, Hudson
- Critz Farms, Cazenovia
- Dr. Davies Farm, Congers
- Everett Orchards, Plattsburgh
- Fishkill Farms, Hopewell Junction
- G and S Orchards, Macedon
- Goold Orchards, Castleton on Hudson
- Grisamore Farms, Locke
- Indian Ladder Farms Inc., Altamont
- Lone Maple Farm, Binghamton
- LoveApple Farms, Ghent
- Masker Fruit Farms Inc., Warwick
- Mead Orchards LLC, Tivoli
- Miller's Apples, Dunkirk
- Minards Family Farm, Clintondale
- Morgan Farms LLC, Marion
- Northern Orchard Co Inc., Peru
- Ontario Orchards Farm, Market & Cider Mill, Sterling
- Oriole Orchards, Red Hook
- Prospect Hill Orchards, Milton
- Rose Hill Farm, Red Hook
- Rulfs Orchard, Peru
- Samascott Orchard, Kinderhook
- Seven Ponds Orchard, Water Mill
- Soons Orchards Inc., New Hampton
- Spring Wagon Orchards, Penn Yan
- Stone Ridge Orchard, Stone Ridge
- Trapani Farm LLC, Milton
- Whittier Fruit Farm, Rochester
- Windy Hill Orchard & Farm Market, Cassville
- Creasman Farms, Hendersonville
- Brown's Orchard and Cider Company, McDonald
- Emerald Cider Mill, Slatington
- Grim's Greenhouse & Farm Market, Breinigsville
- Kistaco Farm, Apollo
- Klim Orchard, Lake Ariel
- Masonic Village Farm Market, Elizabethtown
- Northrop's Apple Acres, Lake City
- Orton's Fruit Farm, North East
- Pappy's Orchard, Coopersburg
- Ross Run Ranch, Tionesta
- Shenot Farm, Wexford
- Taggart's Orchard, Washington
- Weaver's Orchard, Morgantown
- Hoversten Orchards LTD, Brandon
- Elderkin's Farm Market, Greenwich
- Waddell Apples, Kingston
- Cedar-Apple Rust
Author: Stephen Vann, University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture (FSA7538)
Rated as resistant - control only needed under high disease pressure.
- Apples of England (1948)