Apples are part of the rose family, its many thousands of cultivars descended from the wild ancestor Malus sieversii – still extant today in Central Asia.
Did you know that Tasmania’s first apple tree was planted in 1788 by William Bligh – later of Bounty fame – at Adventure Bay, Bruny Island? It was one of a number of trees and vines that Bligh and a botanist called Nelson brought from the Cape of Good Hope, and planted as a future food source. Bligh again visited Adventure Bay in 1792 and reported that only one of the apple trees he’d planted had survived. Legend has it that it was a Granny Smith tree.