There are few Ontarians who have never eaten a McIntosh apple. This popular fruit got its name from John McIntosh (1777-1845) who left his native New York State for Upper Canada in 1796. When clearing land at Dundela near Morrisburg in the eastern part of the province, McIntosh discovered apple trees planted by a previous resident. One of the trees produced especially good fruit. He cultivated it. His son learned fruit grafting, and the family began to produce apples on a large scale. The original McIntosh tree lived until 1910.
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