Spartan apple


A striking looking Canadian apple of medium size. It is pale yellow with a dull purple red flush that ripens to a brighter maroon. The flesh is very white, fine, crisp and well-flavoured with a hint of raspberries. Cooks and eats well but does not keep. It is increasingly grown in the UK and is also found in Poland and Switzerland. It is a cross between McIntosh and Newtown Pippin. It was raised in 1926 by Mr RC Palmer at the Canadian Department of Agricultural Research Station in Summerland in British Colombia as a cross between McIntosh and Yellow Newtown Pippin. It was introduced commercially in 1936. This late-season variety is harvested from early October in South-East England and is at is best from November to January.