The Granny Smith apple is well loved for its refreshing tartness and firmness. A versatile apple variety perfect for baking, pies and salads. With a long shelf life is popular as a healthy snack.

But did you know that Granny Smith was a real person?

Maria Ann “Granny” Smith and her husband came to Australia from Beckley in East Sussex, England in 1839 and settled in Eastwood, New South Wales. The story goes in 1868 Maria threw the remains of some Tasmanian-grown French crab apples beside a creek on their property. She later returned to find a brand new, bright green variety of apple growing in the spot.

The Granny Smith apple we know and love is actually the result of a fortunate accident.

It wasn’t until after Maria Smith passed away in 1870 that the apple became popular around the world. Today, the Granny Smith apple is grown and loved all over the globe, and remains one of the most heavily consumed apple varieties. Incredibly, every Granny Smith tree and every Granny Smith apple you sink your teeth into came originally from cuttings from Maria Ann’s surprise seedlings.

Be inspired with our favourite Granny Smith apple recipes.

At Summer Snow we crush our Granny Smiths into two kinds of juice - a refreshing still juice and a sparkling Granny Smith & Mint, awarded a Silver Medal at the 2019 Australian Food Awards.