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Apples

Crispin aka Mutsu

Heritage Red Delicious

Golden Delicious

Fuji

Arkansas Black

Granny Smith

 

 

GRANNY SMITH

Buy Granny Smith: Please come see us at the Wednesday Santa Monica Farmers Market. Our stand is in front of Restaurant Lago, just below 3rd Street Promenade on Arizona avenue.

Description: There is only one word to describe the flavour of Granny Smith: acidic. It is an uncompromising crisp hard apple with a very sharp taste. Good for baking, and folks who enjoy tart apples love them.

Season: Late October, November, December

Size: field run, large apple.

Suggested uses: Fresh eating, baking, applesauce.

Shelf life: Will keep at 32 degrees for 3 weeks.

History: The apple on the Beatles label. Granny Smith pre-dates the modern approach to apple development and marketing. Like all the best old varieties it has a bizarre history, being discovered in Austrialia in the 1860s as a seedling growing in a rubbish pile. The true parentage is still unknown. The discoverer - a Mrs Maria Smith found that the apple was versatile for cooking and eating, and was involved in spreading its popularity. In an inspired piece of marketing she called the new apple Granny Smith. By the 1960s Granny Smith was practically synonymous with 'apple' and the variety was used by the Beatles as the logo for their company 'Apple Records'.

Granny Smith was one of the original staple supermarket varieties, and one of the first international varieties, a role for which it was well suited. The tough skin and amazing keeping qualities meant it could easily be shipped around the world. It requires a hot climate to ripen properly though, and is not grown commercially in the UK. The trademark apple-green skin requires warm days and nights - we have seen Granny Smiths grown at a relatively high altitude in central France which develop a blush because of the cold night temperatures towards the end of the growing season.

We have quoted from and are indebted to http://www.orangepippin.com/
for information on the history of this apple variety.

Penryn Fruit List

Apples

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Cherries

Citrus

European Pears

Feijoas

Figs

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Plums

Peaches

Persimmons

Pomegranates

 

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