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Malus domestica 'Spartan'
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Spartan was always one of Grandpa's favorites. It is very McIntosh-like looking and tasting, but is much firmer and keeps better. It picks a couple weeks later in the early fall. The fruit is medium to large, with a dark red mahogany color and a metallic sheen like McIntosh. The flesh is pure white, firm, aromatic, and finely flavored. It is a good dessert and sauce apple.
Spartan was bred in British Columbia and introduced in 1936. It was a cross of McIntosh and Newtown Pippen. Grandpa thought highly of it because it performed better than McIntosh on his farm.