McIntosh Apple

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Seasons/Availability

McIntosh apples are available in the fall through early winter.

Current Facts

McIntosh apples are a small to medium-sized apple, averaging 2.5 inches in diameter, and are round with a bright red skin punctuated by white dots or lenticels. They have greenish yellow flesh which is tender but crisp when mature.

Storage

McIntosh apples should be stored in the refrigerator where they will keep for up to three months. If left at room temperature the McIntosh’s flavor will decline rapidly due to their high sugar content and high levels of ethylene gas production. It is best to store them away from other fruits and vegetables that may be sensitive to ethylene gas. Wrap individual pieces of fruit in newspaper so they do not come into contact with one another.

McIntosh Apple Uses

McIntosh apples are excellent for eating raw out of hand as snacks or in salads, and are also a great addition to many recipes. They can be used to make pies, crisps and other baked goods, sauces, jams and jellies. McIntosh apples can also be cooked down into a puree that can be used as an ingredient in muffins, cakes and other desserts. The firm flesh makes them ideal for cooking since they hold their shape well when heated. The flavor of the McIntosh apple is sweet and tart with a hint of lemon making it unique from other varieties making it a favorite among cooks who like to experiment with different flavors in the kitchen.

Nutritionally, McIntosh apples are a great source of dietary fiber and vitamin C. They also contain other vitamins and minerals such as potassium, magnesium, iron, calcium and many others. Eating an apple a day can help promote good health since apples are rich in antioxidants and phytonutrients which have been linked to reducing the risk of cancer and heart disease.

Overall, McIntosh apples are a nutritious, versatile fruit that can be enjoyed all year round. Whether you’re looking for a snack or putting together a recipe for your family dinner table, McIntosh apples are sure to be a hit!

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