[NAFEX] Overlooked apple

Sam Franc franc at oregonfast.net
Sun Nov 3 22:05:37 EST 2002

Ginda Fisher wrote:

> One excellent eating apple that gets overlooked a lot is the McCoun - 
> it wasn't even listed in the otherwise excellent "Apples for the 20th 
> Century".  I guess that it's only grown locally (in the north east).
> It is considered a "Macintosh type" apple, and it has a similar flavor 
> to the Mac.  To my palette, it is not as rich in aromatics as a good 
> mac, but it gets sweeter and keeps a little better than a mac.  It 
> also has a terrific crunch.  It is nearly as crunchy as a honeycrisp, 
> but it's softer (easier to chew) and juicier than a honeycrisp.  It 
> also holds up better in pie and such than a mac, although it can be 
> cooked down to a good sauce.  It looks similar to a macintosh, but is 
> not as flat, and has slightly square shoulders.
> Does anyone know why this apple is so rarely mentioned?  Does it not 
> grow well elsewhere?  It is not a rare apple - there's a huge market 
> for it in the Boston area.
> Thanks,
> Ginda Fisher
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I grow Macoun her on the Oregon coast and it is no where as well 
producing as it was in CA.
There it was very productive.
Here it is a good bloomer but not too many set.
Those that set have a lot of defects.
They were very clear in CA.
So the location makes a great difference.
Jonamacs do very well here as do macfrees

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