There Really Was a Granny Smith

In 1868, Maria Ann Sherwood Smith found something odd in her apple orchard. Smith, who had immigrated to Australia from England, had a strange new type of apple growing near her creek bed. She thought that the apple might have been a mutation of a French crab apple that was popular Down Under, and she thought it was tasty enough to share it with neighbors.

Although she died just two years later, “Granny” Smith’s name is still on the tip of everyone’s tongue when pie-baking season rolls around.

[by Ethan Trex]

  1. guiltandchanelno5 reblogged this from mentalflossr and added:
    Granny Smith is my favorite apple. And Mental Floss makes me feel smarter.
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    Could i be related to the lady that named the Granny Smith apple?
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    this little factoid is so reminiscent of the stuff in michael pollan’s book the botany of desire which i’ve been reading...
  10. darque reblogged this from mentalflossr and added:
    My favorite kind of apple! NOM!
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    My favorite apple!
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