One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A dessert apple of a variety native to North America, with deep red skin.
- ‘Empire combines the mild tartness of McIntosh with Red Delicious sweetness.’
- ‘McIntosh apples are my favorite kinds of apples, too!’
- ‘The Mcintosh apple is another great apple that can be eaten raw, used in salads, or applesauces.’
Late 19th century: named after John McIntosh (1777–1845 or 1846), the Canadian farmer on whose farm the wild apple was discovered.
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