Granny Smith Apple

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Seasons/Availability

Granny Smith apples are available year-round.

Current Facts

Granny Smith apples are botanically classified as Malus domestica. They are named after Maria Ann Smith who discovered the apple in her Australian orchard in 1868. Granny Smith apples are one of the most popular varieties and have become Australia’s national apple.

Trivia

In 1955, Granny Smith apples were granted a Royal Warrant by Queen Elizabeth II in recognition of their quality and popularity.

Applications

Granny Smith apples can be eaten fresh and cooked into a variety of dishes including pies, cobblers, tarts, cakes, muffins, breads, salads, sauces and even savory recipes such as pork chops with cider sauce. They can also be juiced, dried, or frozen for later use.

Nutrition

Granny Smith apples are low in calories and an excellent source of dietary fiber, vitamin C, potassium and antioxidants. Furthermore, they contain small amounts of other vitamins and minerals such as B-complex vitamins, calcium, magnesium, manganese and phosphorus. Eating a Granny Smith apple daily may help reduce the risk of cancer, stroke and cardiovascular diseases.

Storage

To keep Granny Smith apples fresh for longer periods of time it is best to store them in the refrigerator where their crispness will be maintained for up to six weeks. They should also be placed away from ethylene producing foods such as bananas or tomatoes which can cause them to spoil prematurely. Granny Smith apples can also be frozen or canned for longer storage periods.

Nutritional Benefits

Granny Smith apples are an excellent source of dietary fiber which helps aid digestion and can help keep LDL cholesterol levels low. They are a good source of vitamin C, potassium and antioxidants. Furthermore, they contain small amounts of other vitamins and minerals such as B-complex vitamins, calcium, magnesium, manganese and phosphorus. Eating a Granny Smith apple daily may help reduce the risk of cancer, stroke and cardiovascular diseases. Additionally, their high water content has been linked to weight loss benefits due to its ability to fill you up without adding too many calories.

Uses

Granny Smith apples are commonly used in baking and cooking due to their tart flavor and crisp texture. They are often used in pies, tarts and other desserts. They can also be eaten as a snack with some peanut butter or cinnamon for added flavor. Granny Smith apples are also great for making sauces, chutneys, salads and smoothies as well as juices.

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