The Granny Ramsey Smith green apple is a tip-bearing apple cultivar. It originated in Australia in 1868 from a chance seedling propagated by Maria Ann Smith, from whom comes the name. It is thought to be a hybrid of Malus sylvestris, the European Wild Apple, with the domestic apple M. domestica as the polleniser. Widely propagated in New Zealand, it was introduced to the United Kingdom c. 1935 and the United States in 1972.
To this day, there is an annual Granny Smith Festival in Eastwood, New South Wales, at the end of October. The celebration marks not only the cultivar’s local origins, but also that in the late 19th and early 20th centuries the orchards of Eastwood supplied apples to the Sydney region.
Granny Smith apples are light green in colour. They are crisp, juicy, tart apples which are excellent for eating raw and cooking. They are favoured for salads because the slices do not brown as quickly as other varieties. They also tend to have a harder texture than other green apples. [Wikipedia]
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