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The real Granny Smith

The Granny Smith apple is well loved for its refreshing tartness and firmness (that make it perfect for baking), as well as its long shelf life. But did you know that Granny Smith was a real person?

Maria Ann “Granny” Smith and her husband were orchardists who came to Australia from England in 1839 and settled in NSW. The story goes that in 1868, Maria threw the remains of some Tasmanian-grown French crab apples beside a creek on their property, and later returned to find a brand new, bright green variety of apple growing in the spot. Thus, 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 — or enjoy in an apple strudel (link to recipe blog)— came originally from cuttings from Maria Ann’s surprise seedlings.

Here at the orchard, we make our Granny Smiths into two kinds of juice: a refreshing still juice, and a sparkling Granny Smith & Mint (awarded silver at the 2019 Australian Food Awards). Order yours today.