Friday, 14 February 2020

Profile On: Granny Smith

In this week's Profile On, we focus on the Granny Smith apple, let's find out all about it!

What is it?

A Granny Smith is a crisp, crunchy, bright green apple. Often it will have wax on the skin as a protectant, which gives the apple a beautiful shine.

Where does its name come from?

They are named after the first grower of the fruit, Maria Smith.

Where's it from?

They started life as French crab apples from Tasmania, but were first grown in Australia in 1868. Maria Smith threw out these French crab apples, which then took root and grew into what we now know as Granny Smith trees.

When is it in season?

They are generally available all year round, as they are grown around the world. They are grown in places like Australia, New Zealand, Europe, South America and the US.

What does it taste like?

They have a juicy, tart, sweet taste. This strong flavour makes them great both raw, in desserts, cider or salads. They have a high acid content which means they don't lose their shape once cooked, and they're great in salads as they are slow to oxidise (or turn brown) once cut.

What are the health benefits?

They are rich in antioxidents, and low calorie. A typical apple has 70 calories, and 17 grams of carbohydrates, which is lower than most other apples. They also contain lots of fibre, which is vital for a healthy diet.

Did you know?

They were first promoted by the New South Wales Government in 1895 as a good export apple as they are a hardy apple, which means they can be stored for long periods.

Do you love the Granny Smith apple? Let us know @office_fruit!

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