The Apple That Makes Your Mouth Water

Granny Smith apples originated in Australia in 1868 when Maria Ann (Granny) Smith found a seedling growing by a creek on her property. This was the same place where she would toss French crab apples grown in Tasmania. The seedling bore light-green-colored apples that Granny Smith propagated. She found the new apple to be great for both cooking and snacking.

Washington apple growers began growing this apple commercially in the late 1960s. Today, Granny Smith is one of the most well-known apple varieties around, known for its bright green color and tart flavor.


Exterior: Green with a slight pink blush if cool nights precede harvest

Interior: Firm, medium grain, bright white flesh that resists browning when sliced

Experience: Firm with strong tartness resembling that of a lemon; this famously green apple is bound to make your mouth water!

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Granny Smith apples are available under the Stemilt label, while organic Granny Smith apples can be found under our Artisan OrganicsTM label.

When can I find Granny Smith ?

Granny Smith apples are harvested in Washington State in September and October. You can find Granny Smith apples from Stemilt all year long.

Fun Facts

  • In 1891, Granny Smith won the prize for cooking apples under the name Granny Smith’s Seedling at a horticultural show in Australia.
  • Granny Smith is one of the best apples for baking pies.
  • When cool nights precede harvest, Granny Smith apples may develop a rosy pink blush.
  • The Granny Smith Festival is held annually in Eastwood, a suburb of Sydney, Australia, to celebrate the apple.
  • Take stroll over to apple recipes, apple nutrition and apple storage for more apple information.
There's An Apple for That

There’s an Apple for That

Gala? Pink Lady? Granny Smith? Each apple variety has its own unique flavor, texture, color and cooking properties.

Find out which variety will work best for your next recipe or food pairing at our guide, There’s An Apple for That.