Crisp and juicy, Granny Smith apples are light
green in color and are excellent for both eating
raw and cooking. Because of their tart taste they
are ideally suited for pie baking. They are also a
favorite addition to salads because the slices do
not brown as quickly as other apple varieties.
‘Granny Smith’ was born Maria Ann Sherwood
in the rural parish of Peasmarsh, Sussex,
England, in late 1799. Her father worked as an
agricultural laborer and Maria also went into
farm service. She married Thomas Smith, a
farm laborer from neighboring Beckley.
The Smiths, like their neighbors, were
orchardists. Some orchardists specialized in
fruit varieties of their own raising, including
seedling apples. One such was the Granny
Smith. The earliest account of the origin of
the Granny Smith appeared in the Farmer
and Settler of 25 June 1924, in an article by
Herbert Rumsey, a Dundas orchardist and
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