What to look for
Good-quality Granny Smith apples will be firm with smooth and clean skin. Granny Smith apples are a deep green with an occasional pink blush of the cheeks.
Test the firmness of the apple by holding it in the palm of your hand. (Do not push with your thumb). It should feel solid and heavy, not soft and light.
Granny Smith apples are available year-round.
Whole Granny Smith apples will keep 4 to 8 weeks when stored unwashed in the refrigerator’s crisper drawer.
Granny Smith apples are an excellent source of vitamin C, an antioxidant that can reduce inflammation in the body, increase collagen production, and boost the immune system. The fruits are also a good source of fiber to regulate the digestive tract and provide lower amounts of iron, vitamin A, and calcium.
Ways to Eat
Granny Smith apples are best suited for both raw and cooked applications, including baking or roasting. When fresh, the crisp apples provide a tart flavor that is primarily enjoyed fresh, out-of-hand. The flesh can be sliced and tossed into green salads, quartered and displayed on fruit platters, sliced and served with nut butter, blended into smoothies, or thinly sliced and layered into sandwiches. The fruits are also dipped in caramel and served as a fresh dessert. In addition to raw applications, Granny Smith apples are popularly used in cakes, cobblers, crisps, and pies, as the flesh holds its shape when cooked and does not discolor rapidly. The green apples can also be used in soups, cooked into pancakes, blended into applesauce, or juiced for cider. Granny Smith apples pair well with sharp cheeses such as blue, feta, and gorgonzola, meats such as poultry, pork, and beef, arugula, spinach, potatoes, beets, and fruits such as banana, citrus, and pineapple.
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