Spartan apple

Spartan apple photo
Spartan is a small sweet apple, and a great favourite with children. It is very much a "McIntosh" style apple, bright crimson skin and whiter-than-white flesh. We leave ours on the tree as long as possible, until they are crimson all over, as this allows the flavour to develop. Straight from the tree the flesh is very crisp and juicy, but it softens a bit within a week or so of picking - although remaining juicy.

Spartan is a historically interesting apple, being probably the first new variety to be developed as the result of a formal scientific breeding programme. It was created at the Canadian Apple Research Station in Summerland, British Columbia, in the 1920s, and is a cross between McIntosh (of course !) and Newtown Pippin - both popular North American apples of the time.

Species: Malus domestica

Parentage: McIntosh x Newtown Pippin

Origin: Canada

Introduced / discovered: 1926

Season: Nov-Jan

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