CBC and BBC take a bite out of McIntosh apple birthplace

Dundela property’s sale status goes global

DUNDELA — The birthplace of the McIntosh Red — the remnants of the Dundela property where John McIntosh discovered and transplanted a wild apple tree sapling that proved to be a world beater — has gone global as the Dundela property sits for sale on the market.

The BBC and the CBC have now both covered owner Gerd Skof’s recent attempts to sell the rural site on County Rd. 18, near the corner of McIntosh Lane. Not to be confused with nearby Smyth’s Apple Orchard down the road, the actual property where McIntosh fostered that first wild tree in his garden over 200 years ago is denoted by two roadside plaques. By the luck of the draw, that one-of-a-kind tree produced what we know today as McIntosh apples — ultimately spawning every future Mac through the technique of grafting (because apples don’t grow true from seed). A third ground-level marker, not visible from the road, indicates the precise spot where the original tree stood for over a hundred years.

See Stu Mills of CBC Ottawa’s take on the story in the video above and the link to his article below.

The owner’s attempt to sell the Dundela property has also prompted the BBC in the UK to bite into the famous McIntosh story. See below.

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