A green apple with hard, crisp white flesh, tough skin and a distinct ‘tang’ along with good sweetness. Flavour is not exceptional, but quality of Granny Smith’s is reliable from most retail outlets as the fruit stores very well. Our favourite Granny Smith comes from South Africa from where the fruit is naturally sweeter than from most other origins.
Granny Smith’s are good for cooking and eating.
Origin: Australia, near Sydney in the 1860’s as a chance sport from a French Crab apple: discovered by Maria Ann Smith.
Grown in: France, Spain, Italy, USA, Chile, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand. Granny Smith apples do best in regions where a long season of warm days and nights is possible.
Harvest & Availability: Granny Smith is a late-harvest variety. In France, harvest begins in late September, in the Sud-Tyrol, in early October. In South Africa and Chile harvest is in late March / early April:
October to May: from France, Italy
May to October: from Chile, South Africa