22. What eponymous fruit originated near Ottawa?
Answer to Canada Quiz #22
The McIntosh apple.
Early in the nineteenth century John McIntosh transplanted some wild apple seeds on his Dundela farm in Upper Canada, about 60km south of Ottawa. By 1820 he had begun selling seedlings from the tree. His sons improved the apple through grafting, and in 1836 began marketing the variety as the “McIntosh Red.”
Though it has become threatened by competition from foreign introductions such as the Gala, the McIntosh remains a popular dessert apple.
The McIntosh holds the distinction of being both the receiver and source of an eponym. Named for its discoverer, John McIntosh, the fruit inspired Apple Computer employee Jef Raskin to name the company’s line of personal computers launched in 1984 the “Macintosh.”