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The origins of this apple remain a mystery. John McIntosh discovered this particular variety growing in the wild bushes of Dundas County, Canada, in the spring of 1811. He transplanted a dozen seedlings to his nearby garden, but within a year, all but one died. This tree would continue to bear fruit until 1908 and soon afterward, McIntosh apples would be planted in orchards throughout Canada and the northeastern U.S. As a result, every McIntosh apple eaten, baked, turned into sauce and juiced is a direct descendant of the original apple tree in John McIntosh's garden.
Random apple fact (Courtesy of University of Illinois Extension):