Spartan apple is a hybrid between McIntosh and an unknown apple cultivar. It was originally thought to be a cross between McIntosh and Newton Pippin, but recent genetic studies have disapproved Newton. McIntosh is the female parent. (Web Archive)
Spartan was developed at the Canadian Apple Research Station in Summerland, British Columbia (now called Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre), in the 1920s, by Dr. R. C Palme and introduced in 1936. (WIKI).
It’s the third most widely grown apple in British Columbia. (Web Archive)
Like McIntosh, the apple is small sized and sweet. The skin is bright crimson, sometimes with yellowish green patches. The flesh is pure white and juicy.
If left on the tree long enough it will turn crimson all over and develop more flavour. (web archive)
The newly harvested apple is fresh, crisp and juicy but softens within a week or so of picking. (web archive).
It’s great for snacking and like MicIntosh, can be used for dessert or juicing.