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Dehydrated apple (Granny Smith)

The apple is a deciduous tree from the Rosaceae family, known for its sweet fruits. It is cultivated and domesticated worldwide and is the most cultivated species of the Malus genus. This tree is native to Central Asia, where its wild ancestors can still be found today (Malus sieversii). Apples have been grown for thousands of years in Asia and Europe; European immigrants brought them to North America. Apples have religious and mythological significance in many cultures, especially Nordic and Greek, as well as in European-Christian traditions. In Nordic culture, it is believed that the goddess Idun cultivates an apple tree in her garden and harvests its fruits, which are eaten daily by other gods to remain immortal.

More than 7,500 known apple varieties are thought to exist. Botanica's dehydrated apples belong to the Granny Smith variety, which in present time has become a synonym for apples. Granny Smith is one of the most famous export products of Australia. They were discovered in Australia in the 1960s as a random seedbed in a junkyard. It is assumed to be a random hybrid of European wild and domestic apples. Mrs. Maria Ann Smith, who found the seedbed, found the apple to be multifunctional, that is, great for cooking and fresh. She named the new variety Granny Smith and is credited with spreading its popularity. By the 1960s, Granny Smith had become the synonym for apples. This slightly unusual apple attracts the eye with its color, has a long life span, and has versatility that consumers love. 

An apple is a deciduous tree 1.8 to 12 meters high, depending on the variety. When cultivated, the size, shape and density of the branches are determined by the choice of spool and the method of pruning. The leaves are alternate, dark green in color, simply oval with partially serrated edges, slightly curved inside. It blooms in spring, and at the same time buds sprout from the leaves, which grow from shorter and longer shoots. The flowers are 3 to 4 cm in size, white with a slight pink tinge that gradually fades, have five petals, and are grouped in sets of 4 to 6 flowers. The central flower in bloom is called the royal flower; it opens first and can develop into a much larger fruit. The fruits ripen in late summer or early autumn, with a wide variety and a wide range of different fruit sizes. Commercial apple growers aim to produce apples with an average size of 7 to 8.3 cm in diameter, because there is a larger demand for them on the market. Some consumers, especially in Japan, prefer larger apples, while apples smaller than 5.7 cm are used to make juices and have relatively low value on the market.


Originally used in cooking, apples are the most famous fruit that can be eaten just picked from a tree. Its sweet and sour taste makes it perfect for making various desserts, spreads, fruit salads, jams, but also as an additive and ingredient in savory and sour foods. Apples are also used to make juices and syrups, as well as chewing gum, candy and other sweets. Many are also attracted to apple chips, but also to apple cider vinegar, which serves as an excellent spice and fights against high pressure, arthritis, but also as a slimmer in weight loss.

Apple contains manganese, copper and vitamins A, E, B1, B2 and B6. To get the most out of an apple, it's important to leave the peel on because it contains half the fiber and most of the antioxidants. In addition to helping with weight loss, they are good for cardiac function, reduce the risk of diabetes, contain probiotics and promote digestion. Apples cannot replace a toothbrush or toothpaste but by eating apples, your teeth will definitely strengthen. Chewing an apple cleans teeth and destroys harmful bacteria in the oral cavity. Specifically, apples contain phosphorus, calcium, and fluorine, which helps fight cavities.

Sliced apples turn brown after a few minutes, and if they aren't used quickly, they can be thrown out. By dehydrating apples, it retains all its nutrients and sour taste, allowing it to last longer than fresh fruit. Dehydrating the apple ensures less waste and optimal use of each fruit. All of Botanica's dehydrates are dehydrated in professional dehydrators under certain conditions to ensure the perfect final product - every time

Dehydrated apples are the perfect decoration and ingredient for cocktails, hot drinks, soft drinks, ciders, mulled wine, smoothies, desserts, holiday breads and granola. It gives your drinks a fresh scent and complements nicely with hot spices like cinnamon, allspice, and star anise. If you are a creative, you can also use our dehydrated apples to decorate for the holiday season or another for other projects. It goes well with whiskey, gin, vodka and rum based cocktails.

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