We all know the light Green apples known as Granny Smith from the market. Crisp, sweet and tart, they’re great for eating fresh and for use in cooking – yummy in an apple pie! Did you know that Granny Smiths sweeten up if left on the tree to ripen developing a reddish blush so different to what you find at the supermarket.
It’s a late bearing variety, producing heavy crops and is a low chill apple, which was first cultivated in North Sydney around 1868! Spring blossoms occur in late Spring with fruit ripening late in the season – around May.
Granny Smith is useful as a universal pollinator as it has a long flowering period, so can overlap other variety’s flowering times. It’s semi-self fertile, which means you’ll get some apples if you only have the one tree, but you’ll increase your yield if there’s other apples near by. Cross pollinators include Gala, Fuji, Red Delicious Pink Lady