© 2009 RC deWinter ~ All Rights Reserved ~~ Granny Smith apples are named for the woman who first grew them, Maria Ann Smith of New South Wales, Australia. In 1868 she told neighbors that the sport seedling had developed from crab apples originally grown in Tasmania. Unfortunately, Granny Smith never lived to see her apples become popular the world over. These excellent eating & cooking apples were first imported to the US from New Zealand in 1960. Here, a group of Granny’s apples shines in reflected store lighting.