Rarely do we think of apples in terms of numbers, well at Daffy Farms we do, but that’s because we use a lot of apples! Throughout the world there are over 7,500 different varieties of apples and around 2,500 of them are grown in the United States alone. The only variety native to North America is the crabapple. Out of all of the different kinds of apples only 100 varieties are grown for commercial use. Apple trees grow and thrive in all 50 U.S. states, but only 36 house commercial apple growing orchards. Learn more about apples and numbers here!
The Granny Smith apple originated in Australia in 1868. It was cultivated by Maria Ann Smith, who emigrated with her husband, Thomas Smith, to Australia from England in 1839. Maria and Thomas purchased a small orchard in 1855 and though there are different tales, it seems the first Granny Smith seedling grew by chance. Soon after the accidental tree began producing apples, Maria learned that its fruit was green in color, sweet and crisp, and great for cooking and storing. She would go on to sell her apples at Sydney’s George Street Market once a week, where they quickly became popular and known as “Granny Smith’s apples.”