Red Granny Smith Apples
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Red Granny Smith apples are round/conical and medium to large in size, and as their name suggests, a vibrant red. The flesh is creamy and white, with a firm yet tender texture. They are very sweet and also tart, and achieve best flavor when grown in Australia. The flavor is reminiscent of Jonathan, perhaps owing to its parentage.
Red Granny Smith apples are available in the winter through spring.
The Red Granny Smith apple (Malus domestica) is a little-known apple variety from Australia. It goes by several names, including Murray Gem, Batt’s Seedling, and Red Gem. While its exact parentage is unknown, it is thought to include the more well-known yellow-green Granny Smith and Jonathan.
The nutrients in apples provide an array of health benefits. Vitamin C and other antioxidants can help prevent chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. One medium apple contains approximately 14% of the daily recommended value of Vitamin C. Apples also contain 17% of the daily recommended value of dietary fiber, which promotes digestion.
Red Granny Smith apples are a dessert variety, good for fresh eating. Try raw with peanut butter or cheddar cheese. This variety keeps well in proper cool, dry storage for several months; in fact, their flavor improves after a long storage.
Red Granny Smith apples are a type of heritage or antique apple. Major grocery stores generally carry only a handful of apple varieties, many developed more recently. However, consumers are increasingly interested in older and harder to find varieties of apples discovered or developed before the last few decades, such as Red Granny Smith.
The Red Granny Smith was discovered by Herbert Batt, a timber mill worker in Western Australia. It was introduced to market in 1945 by H. Birmingham, a fruit grower near Perth, Australia. This apple grows best in warmer climates such as Australia, but can be grown with less success in the northern hemisphere.
Recipes that include Red Granny Smith Apples. One is easiest, three is harder.
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