The McIntosh apple is a legend, but it surely may disappear from Quebec outlets


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McIntosh, generally known as Canada’s nationwide apple, is rarely planted in Quebec orchards. It may even disappear from grocery store bins.

Customers appear to need “sweeter, much less acidic and crunchier apples,” mentioned Monique Audette, an agronomist and apple grower who owns a 13-hectare orchard in Dunham, within the Japanese Townships.

However the McIntosh is a legend. “It’s the quintessence of the pink fruit,” Audette mentioned. “For a lot of Canadians, it represents the apple.”

It was found in 1811 by Ontario farmer John McIntosh and has been offered commercially because the 1880s, in response to the Canadian Encyclopedia.

But it’s not that widespread amongst youthful generations and it doesn’t pay out for apple growers in comparison with different varieties, so its market share might be very low in 10 to 20 years, Audette mentioned.

Customers who’re hooked up to the McIntosh will nonetheless be capable of discover it in some locations, she mentioned, and it’s doubtless that orchards will specialize within the older varieties.