Fireside is another of the many McIntosh offspring developed by the University of Minnesota in 1943. Although there is no official confirmation of this, we suspect it was named to commemorate Franklin Delano Roosevelt's 26 "Fireside Chats" given between between March 12, 1933 and June 12, 1944. The large fruit is shiny red with red and orange stripes and splashes covering a yellow base. The yellow flesh is juicy and crisp with a mild sweet flavor. We recommend it as a desert fruit and also for salads, baking and sauce. Holds its shape in a pie, and dries well. Fireside is an excellent keeper that will hold up to fresh eating when the snows are flying.