G’day! I’m an Aussie apple, one of Granny Smith’s mob, and I’m here to tell you all about my fantastic apple family. It’s really huge and we come from all around the world - just like the people of Australia. I have so many cousins it’s hard for me to remember all their names, but my extended Australian family includes Red Delicious, Jonathan, Braeburn, Bonza, Pink Lady, Golden Delicious, Fuji and Gala apples (you can read more about them in Varieties). It’s no wonder we’re one of the most popular fruits in the world!

Now, botanists call me a pome (no, they’re not being rude to an Aussie apple). It’s their scientific name for the way I grow; for example, I don’t have a woody layer surrounding my seeds like apricots and peaches. It comes from the French word pomme which means apple.

I grow on a lovely tree with spreading branches - great for climbing. In spring, the trees are covered with pretty white blossom from which apples grow once the flowers have been pollinated by insects. We continue to grow right through the summer and mature in autumn and early winter when we’re ready to be picked for you to eat. You can read more about this in How Apples Are Grown and Harvested.

Just like you we come in all shapes, sizes and colour of skin, which can range from green, yellow, orange-red to dark red. When you bite into us you’ll find differences between varieties too. Our flesh can range from green, to creamy-white or greenish-white and we also have different tastes depending on how much sugar or acid we contain.

In Australia we’re available all year round - depending on our variety and where we grow.

Did you know?
• Granny Smith apples originated in Australia. We were first grown by Maria Anne Smith in Eastwood, Sydney in 1867 and we’re now one of the major apple varieties grown around the world.
• Apples float when dropped into water because they consist of 25% air.
• Over 2.6 billion apples are grown in Australia each year.
• The longest continuous apple peel took 11 hours and 30 minutes to remove and was 52.51 metres long.
• There are more than 7000 varieties of apples grown worldwide

Australia has many different varieties of apples, the most popular being:

Red Delicious Apple
I’m a conical (cone) shaped apple with a greenish-yellow background covered with red stripes. I have a firm, crisp, creamy-white flesh with a sweet juicy, highly aromatic flavour.

Jonathan Apple
I’m a small to medium round apple with a deep red skin which has faint, deep red stripes. I have a fine grained, juicy white flesh with a sweet acid flavour and I’m great eaten out of hand.

Granny Smith Apple
I’m a round, conical shaped apple with a rich green skin. I have a crisp, firm, juicy, greenish-white flesh with a distinctive acidy flavour, which makes me excellent for cooking.

Braeburn Apple
I’m a medium to large, round to conical shaped apple with a glossy, striped red blush over yellow coloured skin. I have a sweet flavour with pale cream, crisp, juicy flesh.

Bonza Apple
I’m a medium to large, flat-round apple with a bold red blush which overlays green to yellow coloured skin. I have a distinct, sweet flavour and firm, juicy, white flesh.

Pink Lady Apple
I’m a medium, round-oblong shaped apple with yellow skin overlaid with a pink to light red blush. I’m a cross between a Golden Delicious and Lady Williams, which makes me excellent for eating out of hand as I have a crisp, fine, sweet tasting flesh.

Golden Delicious Apple
I’m a medium to large, round to conical shaped apple with a pale green to yellow coloured skin with creamy-green, crisp flesh. I have a pleasant sweet flavour and good aroma. I’m great for eating out of hand or I can be used for cooking.

Fuji Apple
I’m a medium to large, flat-round to round shaped apple with a blushed dull red to crimson colour with firm, dense flesh. I have a high water and sugar content which makes me a juicy apple and my distinctive honey-sweet flavour is wonderful in stews and bakes.

Gala Apple (Royal Gala)
I’m a medium, round shaped apple. My skin colour varies slightly depending on which strain I belong to and can range from a pale, golden yellow with slight red blush, to solid brightly red blushed. I have a crisp, dense flesh with a flavour sweeter than a Delicious Apple.

Why Apples Are Good To Eat
Apples taste terrific that’s for sure but there are more reasons to eat us than just our flavour. We’ll actually help keep you strong and healthy so that you can do all the things you want to do - like play sport, have fun, climb apple trees. You see we contain lots of goodies to help grow well, keep your skin clear of zits, make your hair look great to name just a few of ways we look after you. For example, we contain:

• A dietary fibre called pectin that has some amazing skills – it can dissolve in water and can also encourage good bacteria to live in your bowel
   and fight off any bad bacteria that try to settle there.
• A mineral called boron which helps your bones stay strong and healthy – important for climbing apple trees!
• Lots of antioxidants - substances which help protect your body against disease.
• Vitamin C - an apple supplies a quarter of your day’s vitamin C needs.
• 100g apple has 240 kJ


How They are Grown and Harvested


In Australia we’re harvested between January and October each year depending on our variety and where we are grown.

Most apple trees are grown from cuttings taken from healthy trees of the fruit variety the farmer wants. These cuttings are then grafted to the roots of other apple trees (rootstocks) which are really good at growing - for example, they resist temperature extremes, pests and diseases. However, the fruit grown on these trees will be of the same variety as those from which the cuttings were taken. This method of combining the good characteristics of two trees helps the grower to gain both a strongly growing and good fruiting tree to maximise the crop. An apple tree will start to bear fruit at about 3 years of age, depending on the variety.

The colour of the fruit, ease of picking and firmness tells you when an apple is ready to be harvested. Currently, apples for the fresh market are picked by hand as mechanical harvesters can damage the fruit and the trees.

Apples bought out of season will have been ‘cool stored’, which means stored in a cool environment where the oxygen levels have been slightly adjusted. This slows the natural maturing process so that apples can be kept for several months and still maintain their quality.

Choosing Apples
Select those of us with a firm, smooth skin which has the characteristic colour for our variety.

How to Keep Apples
Store us in the refrigerator not at room temperature; this way we will maintain our crispness for up to 1 month.

Prime Growing Areas

History of Apples
Did you know that apples are an ancient fruit? We’re so old that we’re even mentioned in the Bible as the ‘fruit of knowledge’. We don’t really know when man first bit into the flesh of a juicy apple and decided it was delicious but we do know they were popular with Stone Age people over 3000 years ago. How do we know this? Well, the charcoal remains of apples have been found in the ruins of Stone Age villages in Europe.

Where apples originated is still a mystery, but most historians think it was near the Caspian Sea in the Middle East. We do know that the Egyptians loved apples - maybe Cleopatra munched on one while she chatted to Julius Caesar. Apples certainly became very popular in Rome and Greece, where they were used as symbols of love.

The Roman army liked apples so much that they took the fruit with them when they marched off to conquer Britain. The apple cores were thrown away and so apple trees began to grow wherever the army went throughout Europe.

The pilgrim fathers took apples with them when they set off from England for America; and Captain Phillip made sure he had plenty of apples and apple seed on board when he set sail for Australia in 1788. The first apples to be grown in Australia were planted by those early colonists.

Fun Ways to Eat and Cook Apples
We’re great eaten raw and are ideal for school lunch boxes and snacks. You can bake, stew or microwave apples, then turn us into pies, tarts, crumbles and fritters.

Here are some wonderful ways to cook with your favourite apples:

Apple Cake
Peel, core and slice two apples. Prepare a packet butter cake according to directions, pour half the mixture into the cake tin, arrange apple slices evenly and top with remaining mixture. Bake according to directions allowing an extra 5-8 minutes.

Apple Crumble
Peel, core and slice 6-8 apples. Place apples in a lightly buttered baking dish with a 1/4 cup caster sugar and 2 tablespoons of sultanas. Top with toasted muesli and bake until apples are tender.

Yummy Apple Salad
Wash, core and roughly chop apples. Drizzle with lemon juice to prevent browning. Place in a bowl with sliced celery, lettuce , pecan nuts and toss with your favourite salad dressing.

 Fact Sheet – History, Grower Information And Statistics


Washington apples have a rich history dating back to the 19th century. The region’s bountiful sunshine and rich lava-ash soil create the perfect growing conditions for apples, and commercial orchards began establishing along the stream banks in 1889. Today, more than 225,000 acres of orchards produce the apples we love, nourished by the crystal clear water of the Cascade Mountains. Washington has developed a plethora of apple varieties – some well-established classics, some new and exciting.

You can trust the apple growers of Washington – they are proud of their quality controls and follow the strictest grades in the industry.

  • For red varieties, Washington grades require a more uniform, intense, deeper shade of ruby than U.S. grades, and for green and yellow varieties, fewer surface blemishes are allowed.
  • Reds (like the Cameo and Washington Pink) must have a minimum sugar level and meet minimum firmness standards at the time of shipment – and Washington is the only growing region in the world with this firmness requirement.
  • Depending on a mostly family-run farm industry, Washington apple growers share your concerns for family health and continually work to reduce their use of pesticides.


Never heard of a Cameo? You are not alone, especially as a Canadian as the variety is not grown here. The Cameo is a newbie as far as apples go, originating in Dryden, Washington in 1987. Cameo holds the esteemed title of first apple variety originating from the U.S. in many years, and the story will surprise you! Apple grower Darrel Caudle thought he had planted a Red Delicious tree, but instead, he found a Cameo hiding in his Red Delicious orchard - a single, lone tree which was growing from a completely chance seedling. Liking what he tasted, over the next few years Darrel patented the tree and registered a trademark for the new variety. It is quickly becoming a favourite of the newer apple varieties to recently join the marketplace. Cameo apples represent 1% of the total Washington apple crop.

Harvested in October, look for Cameo’s red stripe over a creamy background. Cameo holds its shape well when cooked, making it the perfect choice for pies and sauces. It also has a savory sweet-tart snap, which is perfect for fresh eating. Slow to brown once it has been sliced, Cameo is the ideal compliment to a fruit or fresh green salad. It also has a thin, tender skin that adds to its eating pleasure. Cameos are available October through August.

If the name Washington Pink doesn’t ring a bell, you may recognize its adopted name, Pink Lady. Also a newbie like Cameo and also not grown in Canada, this pretty, rosy pink apple originated in Australia in 1985 as a cross between Golden Delicious and Lady Williams. So how did this Aussie win the hearts of North Americans? The varietal was introduced to the U.S. by way of New Zealand in the late 1980s, and adapted well to Washington State’s late October harvesting weather. Washington Pink apples represent 2 per cent of the total Washington apple crop.

Chilly fall evening temperatures bring out the best of Washington’s pink cheeks and sweet crunch. Medium in size and conical in shape, Washington Pink has a fine-grained flesh that is crisp and crunchy. Another perk is that the apple (much like Cameo) does not brown easily when cut, making it an attractive addition to fresh fruit and vegetable salads and platters. It is also very good for sauce, freezing and baking. Washington Pinks are available October through July.


Granny Smith apples originated in Australia and were introduced to the American market in 1868. Legend has it that these crisp green treasures descended from French crabapples cultivated by an Australian grandmother by the name of Maria Ann Smith. She found the tree growing by a creek on her farm, developing from the remains of some French crabapples. After her death, the apples continued to be cultivated by local orchardists, and the rest is history. Granny Smith apples represent 12% of the total Washington apple crop.

Harvested in October, Grannies get their crunch and flavour from warm Washington days and cool nights. Bright green Grannies have a pink blush, a crisp bite and tart tangy flavour. They are excellent eaten fresh, crisp and cold, either as snacks or in salads, but their tartness really comes through when baked or sautéed. They are a favourite of Washington state pie bakers and are available for purchase year-round.


Did you know that the most recognizable apple in the industry was originally named “Hawkeye”? Introduced into the marketplace in 1874, Red Delicious was also a chance seedling of unknown parentage and was found first on the farm of Jesse Hiatt. Its classic heart shape and mild flavour makes Red Delicious a favourite snacking apple, and in fact, for most of the 20th century was the most popular variety in the United States. Reds represent 37% of the annual Washington apple crop.

Today, much praise is given to the apple for its exceptionally high antioxidant properties. Bright to dark red, sometimes striped, Reds are harvested in September and October and available through the year. Try eating them out-of-hand – their mildly sweet and juicy texture is best enjoyed fresh.

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