Macoun is a medium to large-sized apple, deep red over a green base. Many consider Macoun the best tasting apple, especially fresh from the tree. Macoun has become especially esteemed by connoisseurs in the Northeast for its crispy, juicy white flesh and rich, complex flavors of strawberry and spices. With its great flavor and distinctive boxy shape, Macoun is in great demand when it ripens in late September.
Discovered: 1909, New York
Parentage: McIntosh x Jersey Black
Macoun was named after Canadian pomologist William Tyrell Macoun (pronounced “MacCowan”). It was developed at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in 1909, the offspring of McIntosh and Jersey Black, an American heirloom once known as Black Apple due to its dark color. Macoun was released commercially in 1923.