Did you know that we grow 35 varieties of apples in our Grand Rapids apple orchards? From sweet to tart, we have an apple for every taste preference. Certain apples, like Gala, Pink Lady, and Honeycrisp, are well known in many households throughout the US. But there are so many other kinds that people aren’t familiar with, simply because they’re not as popular or available in local grocery stores.

We thought it would be fun to share some information about the different types of apples we grow and sell at Robinette’s. As you read about the different kinds, you can make a mental note of which ones sound best to you, and which ones you’d like to try when they are in season. 

First up is McIntosh apples! Keep reading to learn more about this kind of apple.

Fun fact: Apple’s products like the MacBook were named after this fruit!

All About McIntosh Apples


McIntosh apples are often referred to as “Mac” apples. John McIntosh discovered them in 1811 on his farm in Dundela, Ontario, Canada. The original McIntosh tree is said to have grown from seeds from Scotland.


McIntosh apples are known for their distinctive appearance, featuring a deep red or burgundy skin with green patches and a slightly waxy finish. The skin is thin and sometimes has a slightly rough texture.


These apples have a sweet-tart flavor, which becomes even more pronounced as they ripen. Their aroma is so fragrant that you might subconsciously associate it with fall and apple-picking season.


McIntosh apples have a tender and juicy flesh, which makes them great for eating fresh and using in cooking or baking.

Best Uses

They are popular for making applesauce, pies, and other baked goods. Due to their soft texture, they may break down more easily when cooked, making them a good choice for recipes that call for soft apple pieces.

Harvest Season

McIntosh apples are typically in season from late summer through the fall, making them a common apple variety found in grocery stores during that time.

Have you tried McIntosh apples before? Be sure to enjoy some of this delicious apple this season!

Which apple would you like to learn about next?