Yoko’s Granny Smith

Share this post

Yoko Ono and John Lennon met in 1966 at a preview of Ono's art show at London’s Indica Gallery. The famous Beatle was intrigued by her conceptual art, including the display of a green apple atop a Plexiglas box. They began a dialogue that sparked their relationship.

Placing the apple on a pedestal in a gallery foregrounded the beauty of that cycle and encouraged viewers to imagine the fruit’s inevitable decomposition and its potential, through its seeds, for regeneration,” art critic Joan Rothfuss wrote of the piece in the book, Yes Yoko Ono.

Sometimes an apple is just an apple; other times, it launches one of the greatest creative partnerships of the 20th century.

Beatles fans will recall the iconic green apple as the logo of the band’s Apple Records, founded in 1968. What the Beatles probably didn’t know at the time was that their chosen emblem, the fabulous Granny Smith apple, was the chance discovery of 69-year-old Maria Ann (“Granny”) Smith in Australia, a hundred years earlier.

It is believed that in 1868, Maria happened upon an unexpected seedling growing near a creek on her farm. She cultivated the lovely green apple, which proved to be hearty and suitable for the many uses Maria applied it to. After her death in 1870, the apple continued to be grown by local orchardists and was eventually exhibited as “Smith’s seedling” in a horticultural show in the early 1890s. Soon thereafter, it was given the moniker “Granny Smith” and went on to become one of the most recognizable and useful apples in recent history.

In addition to being a favorite for pies and applesauce, tart-sweet Granny Smith apples make a great afternoon snack. When the 3 p.m. lull hits, take a bite out of a Granny—the crisp snap and juicy deliciousness are a yummy pick-me-up! Try them stirred into yogurt for breakfast, sliced with cheese for a snack, and tossed with salads for lunch. Or simply display one on your desk atop a Plexiglas box.

Heidi Lewis writes about farms, bees, and fruit from her home in Sonoma County, CA. She's been with The FruitGuys since they were FruitKids.


Subscribe to the WEEKLY BITE

* indicates required


Recent Food articles:

History of the tomato
April 18, 2019
How to prepare Ataulfo mango
April 4, 2019
Making the most of citrus season
February 14, 2019
Three hearty soup recipes you can enjoy all month
February 4, 2019
Tempting winter fruits to brighten your weekly mix
January 31, 2019
Easy meal prep recipes you can eat all week
January 7, 2019
How to make latkes and applesauce
December 6, 2018
The food history of Thanksgiving
November 22, 2018
Winter and summer oranges
August 23, 2018
How to make vegetarian sushi at home
August 7, 2018

More recent articles:

Quick, easy steps to spruce up your office space
May 14, 2019
Grilled portobello recipe
May 9, 2019
How to prepare physically and mentally for race day
May 9, 2019
Three simple ways to enjoy watermelon radishes
May 2, 2019
Beehives, swales, and vermicomposting, oh my!
April 29, 2019
Easy spring salad recipe
April 25, 2019
Reduce plastic use with these earth-friendly alternatives
April 22, 2019
Spring fruit varieties and how to enjoy them
April 16, 2019
How to make sure you’re getting enough iron in your diet
April 11, 2019
How fostering psychological safety increases performance
April 8, 2019

About Us

Our online magazine offers a taste of workplace culture, trends, and healthy living. It features recipes for easy, delicious work meals and tips on quick office workouts. It's also an opportunity to learn about our GoodWorks program, which helps those in need in our communities and supports small, sustainable farms.