Macoun Apple: A Sought-After American Heirloom Variety

Everyone loves a good apple; as a matter of fact, apples are one of the top fruits in the world. People love their juicy sweetness mingled with their crisp and refreshing taste. There are many different varieties of apple, but each one varies slightly in their taste, appearance, and other characteristics; one such variety is known as the Macoun Apple.

The Macoun Apple is medium-sized with great taste that has a hint of a berry flavor. It has deep red and almost-purple peel color with a bit of green, and is often shaped irregularly. The flesh is a creamy white color. The Macoun Apple was bred in 1923 at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva.

Read on to learn all about the Macoun Apple!

Macoun Apple: The Basics

The Macoun apple looks a little different from other apples. As we mentioned above, it has darker skin than other commonly known red apples and it might even give off a purplish hue at times. It gets this dark skin from its parent cultivar, Jersey Black. It is medium-sized, meaning it is about 2 and 3/4 inches in diameter.

These apples were created with the intent to be eaten. They are the tastiest when they are picked right off the tree. They were created by Richard Wellington in 1923 while he was at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva. They are named after Canadian horticulturalist W. T. Macoun. Since its beginnings, it has become more widely accepted as an apple that can also be used for baking even though its original creation was intended for snacking and fresh eating.

Developing different varieties of apples sounds like a difficult job, but the payoffs are worth it. Those who created the Macoun were skilled to be able to mix the parent apples which are McIntosh and Jersey Black. This mix creates an apple with the amazing characteristics.

It also tastes great! It has a sweet and slightly tart flavor that is packed into a crispy bite. There is also a faint berry-like flavor to this apple, which many people love.

Origins Of The Macoun Apple

Macoun Apple

Where Are Macoun Apples Grown?

These apples were first grown in New York, and have since made a home there. They grow best in New York, New England, and many northeastern states like Massachusetts, New Jersey, Vermont, or Rhode Island. These states have become the best place to grow Macoun apples because of the cool nights that help the apple to grow properly and retain its flavor. Its grow zones are very similar to its parent cultivar McIntosh which also prefers cooler places to grow in. It is best suited to be grown in zones 4 to 8, meaning that it may be able to handle extreme temperatures in each zone.

When Is Harvest Season For Macoun Apples?

Macoun Apples are generally ready to be harvested in October or early November. This type depends on the cool autumn air to finish off its growth. During that time is when you can expect to see these Macoun apples start to appear in fruit stands and local supermarkets.

The harvest season for this apple is quite a small window. As a matter of fact, many people in the areas where it is grown will wait around for it patiently because it comes and goes so fast that you are bound to miss the window if you are not careful.

Macoun Apple for Sale
Look for ripe Macoun Apples at family-run orchards and specialty markets

How Much Do Macoun Apples Cost?

Macoun Apples generally cost about a doller per pound. These apples vary in cost, as do most apples. Their cost is dependent upon the market, and their location in the world.

Macoun is an increasingly sought-after apple because of their short availability season. Everyone wants them and they want it enough to pay higher prices for it. Specialty shops and orchards may charge $2/pound for Macoun Apples.

They can be bought online, at a fruit stand nearby, or maybe at your local grocery store. If you are lucky, you might even be able to go to a picking orchard and find a few to choose yourself take home.

How To Grow Macoun Apples?

To grow Macoun apple trees you need to know a few things. First off, make sure you are in northeastern states or are located in the hardiness zones of 4 to 8. Other than that it is also important to note that a Macoun apple will need a growing partner! It will need help with pollution and fertilization and so having another apple tree nearby is essential.

It also prefers light and loamy soil to grow in. The tree grows to about 12 to 16 feet tall, so planting it with enough space to grow is important! Don’t forget it will also need adequate water and sunlight to produce amazing fruit.

Macoun Apple Harvest in Wooden Farm Crates

How Long Do These Apples Store For?

Macoun apples have a short shelf life. As a matter of fact, it is best to use or eat them within a few days of picking them. This will help them to better retain their taste and crispness. After all, no one wants a squishy apple. If needed, they can last for about 2 weeks in a refrigerated area. It is also suggested that you do not wash the apple until right before you eat it because this allows for it to keep its protective coating for as long as you have it stored.

What Types of Recipes Are Macoun Apples Most Suited To?

Anywhere you put this apple will be good, whether it be a pie, a salad, or just straight into your mouth. Each recipe will taste phenomenal with this kind of apple. As we talked about before, this apple is incredibly sweet and has enough sweetness most of the time to allow you the opportunity to use it in sauces or spreads without having to add additional sugar. It already tastes good enough on its own!

As a result of this, it is best to either eat this apple plain or use it in a sauce or jam. That doesn’t mean it wouldn’t also taste phenomenal in any pie or similar dessert though.

Mary Jane Duford

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