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Granny Smith apples originated in Australia in 1868 when Maria Ann (Granny) Smith found a seedling growing by a creek on her property. (Australian Dictionary of Biography)
Today, Granny Smith is one of the most well-known apple varieties and Australia’s most famous export. It’s widely grown in the US west Coast.
It’s known for its bright green colour, often speckled with faint white lenticels (spots), crisp flesh and tart flavour. Granny smith is an all-purpose apple variety.
Because they are slow to brown when cut and exposed to air, they are perfect diced or grated and added to fresh preparations such as salads and salsas.
They can also be sliced and paired with cheese or served on cheese boards, alongside grapes.
Granny Smith is one of the best apples for baking pies and tarts, because of it’s high acidity and ability to hold its shape when cooked. It’s great for pies, tarts, meat pastries, turnovers, savoury bread stuffing, risotto or pancakes.
Their sweet-tart flavour is also a great addition to soups, smoothies and sauces.
Granny Smith apples are available year-round.