A product of Australia, the Granny Smith is believed to be a relative of a French Crab Apple. In Australia it was popularized as a cooking apple before it was exported as an eating apple and now recognized as one of the world top choices for Pies.
Granny Smith apples are large, glossy, and a uniform green with soft, off white speckles and a peened surface. They are firm with a thick skin and full of juice with every bite. Their flesh is bright white and crisp with a tart, acidic, and subtly sweet flavour.
Granny Smith are a late fall apple for us in the North Okanagan and are picked in mid October.
Add the flavour to cinnamon and nutmeg and the Granny Smith will give you a base of firm tartness and a legendary pie! Because of their high acidity and ability to hold their shape, they are best used for making pies.
The tart flavour can even make a great addition to soups, smoothies and applesauce.