The Granny Smith apple owes its curious name and indeed existence to coincidence after being discovered in 1868 by Maria Ann Smith in Australia. But it was only 20 years after her death that it was first introduced as Granny Smith’s seedling at a local horticultural show. It reached England in the 1930s and spread to central Europe around 1950.
With a lightly speckled green skin, it needs a hot climate and a long time to fully ripen. Granny Smith is very popular for baking and cooking on account of its tart flavour.