The Granny Smith Apple is without a doubt the crunchiest, most delectable, most flavorful and most wonderful variety of apple known to humankind. Don‟t you agree? There‟s a lot of history to back up that enormous claim. Granny Smith apples were “discovered” around 1865 by Marie Ana “Granny” Smith, an English immigrant to Australia. The apple we know and love today is thought to have come originally from a wild European variety, (Latin: Malus sylvestris). As the story goes, Marie found a wild seedling growing down by a creek bed on her farm. She showed the unique green apples to another local farmer who encouraged her to propagate them for commercial distribution. A number of years later, in 1891 to be exact, “Granny Smith’s Seedlings” took top prize at a local agricultural fair. And why not? Tart and sweet with a perfect crunch, Granny Smith apples are, as we mentioned earlier, the most delicious apples know to humankind!
Well, you know what we like to do with delicious fruit right? Blend it with tea. So without further ado may we introduce Granny Green Apple green tea! This easy drinking blend is based on a Sencha style leaf manufactured in Hunan Province, South Eastern China. The tea is produced by skipping the fermentation process used to produce black tea. First, freshly plucked leaves are steamed after plucking and bruised by machine or hand. Next the leaf is pan-fried or basket fired - a process that gives the tea its distinctive glossy look and feel. Senchas typically have dark green, needle shaped leaves and produce a pale green to yellow, very bright, smooth cup with a sweetish finish. The natural sweetness of the tea makes it the perfect compliment to our dried Apple pieces and natural fruit flavorings. The finished product is light with grassy undertones, tart notes of crisp apple and subtle layers of honey. Brew a cup today and raise a toast to everyone‟s favorite Granny!