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[nafex] Re: Granny Smith apple origin

Be warned that as well as being an old English apple 
cultivar, "French Crab" is also a generic term for seedlings grown 
from seed of French cider apples (from Normandy?) which were much 
used, including in the commercial apple areas of North America, as 
apple rootstocks before World War II.

Granny Smith is grown a little in Southern Ontario now, but I don't 
the effort is worthwhile from the point of view of quality. Granny 
Smiths from South Africa seem to be much the best.

I believe that at the time of Bramley's origin there were quite a 
number of green apples known in England.

--- In nafex@egroups.com, "H. Dessureault" <inter.verbis@a...> wrote:
In Canada, Granny Smith is available in most supermarket throughout 
the year but it does not grow in most part here as it requires a 
warmer climate. The apples are usually shipped from New Zealand. I 
still have not figured out this business of the French crab 
> I happen to know that the Bramley is still is popular in England. 
Maybe IT comes from the French Crab?
> H. Dessureault 
> -----Message d'origine-----
> De : dwoodard@b... <dwoodard@b...>
> À : nafex@egroups.com <nafex@egroups.com>
> Date : lundi 11 décembre 2000 08:31
> Objet : [nafex] Re: Granny Smith apple origin
> An article in an early Pomona reprinted in one of the "Pomona in 
> Reviews" stated that the cultivar Mrs. Smith of Sydney bought, from 
> the seed of which Granny Smith grew, was the old English 
> cultivar "French Crab" which is still in existence
> Douglas Woodard

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