As might be guessed, the classic fall apple known as Jonamac is a hybrid, a cross between McIntosh and Jonathan made as part of a New York State University breeding program.

Its color is an impressive dark-red to deep ruby-red, over a green background.

Some apple connoisseurs say Jonamac’s taste is spicy with undertones of cinnamon, nutmeg or even honey.  It’s crispy like a McIntosh, but overall a much firmer, medium-sized dessert apple.

While Jonamac is not particularly well-known, it is rated excellent for every use from fresh eating and salads to baking, cooking and applesauce.