A hard apple with a crisp tart flavour perfect for baking, freezing, salads, sauces and pies.
Granny Smith is one of the best cooking apples with a sensational tart, tangy flavor. When fully mature the sweetness level of this popular apple increases.
This Australian native was discovered in 1868 as a chance seedling by “Granny” Anne Smith of Ryde, New South Wales. One parent might have been a French Crab Apple. Grannys are known for the distinctive green flesh, which sometimes bears a red blush, and their very tart flavour. An all-purpose apple, Grannys work equally well as a snack, in pies or as a sauce.
Discover our classic apple recipes that are perfect for Granny Smith apples, like our favourite apple pie by Maureen.
History of Granny Smith
About Granny Smith - Maria Ann Sherwood
“Granny Smith” was born Maria Ann Sherwood in Sussex, England, in 1799, and at 19, she married farm labourer Thomas Smith. The family emigrated to Sydney in 1838 and seven years later, purchased 24 acres of land on the edge of the Field of Mars Common to establish an orchard. The Granny Smith Memorial Park, Marsfield, now marks part of the southern boundary of the farm.
The earliest record of the Granny Smith Apple appeared in the Farmer and Settler, June 25, 1924. A local historian interviewed fruit-grower Edwin Small who recalled that in 1868, he and his father had been invited by Maria Smith to examine a seedling apple growing by a creek on her farm. She explained that the seedling had developed from the remains of some French crab apples grown in Tasmania.
Maria Smith died in 1870 and sadly her apple didn’t become a commercial variety in her lifetime. However, it continued to be cultivated by local orchardists and in 1891, it was exhibited as “Smith's seedling” in the Castle Hill Agricultural and Horticultural Show, winning the prize for cooking apples. The following year many growers exhibited “Granny Smith's”.
In 1895, the NSW Dept of Agriculture, named “Granny Smith's Seedling” as a suitable variety for export and it has since become a much loved apple variety, known world-wide.
About Granny Smith's Great Grand Daughter - Edna Spurway
Edna Spurway celebrated her 100th birthday on June 3, 2010, surrounded by family.
The great, granddaughter of the apple legend “Granny Smith” attributes her longevity to “good genes and lots of apples”.
Known as Aunty Teddy to her family, Edna is the youngest daughter of Fred and Elizabeth Spurway. Her father was Mayor of Dundas and when her mother died in 1939, Edna took on the role of serving beside her father as Mayoress. She also helped to run the household and orchard, as well as care for her brothers, which meant “baking lots of apple pies”.
Edna’s father was son of Maria Ann and James Spurway. Maria Ann’s mother was Maria Smith who later became fondly known as “Granny Smith” – the founder of the popular green apple variety.
June 3, 1910 – September 27, 2011