We grow big apples in Australia
By Judy Evans
March 14, 2017 6:56pm CST
There are around 150 big icons situated throughout Australia. I've written about the ram in our state of Western Australia. There are a few 'big apples' around the country too. One is at Spreyton, a small town south of Devonport in Tasmania. There have been apple orchards in the area since 1908 and a premium fresh apple juice is produced here. The one shown is situated at the small town of Thulimbah, Queensland, opposite Suttons Apple Orchard and Cidery on the New England Highway. Thulimbah has a population of around 500. This particular icon was first crafted as a Granny Smith and erected at the petrol station in Applethorpe in 1978. It is made of fibreglass and steel and stands 4 metres tall. It is 4.5 metres in diameter. A local artisan, Johnny Ross, was responsible for its construction. In 2003, the site was redeveloped and the apple given a facelift. It is now a Royal Gala. Our area is a big apple-growing district. I picked apples one season while a teenager. The crates of apples were loaded on a carry-all on the back of a small tractor. The crates were sometimes so heavy that the front of the tractor was almost bouncing off the ground. I would sit on the bonnet – a bit of extra weight to help keep the front on the ground. The photo is from Wikimedia Commons: Stuart Edwards (Own work) [Public domain].
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• Guangzhou, China
This apple is so large and I think Australia can win the title of The Big Apple as well as New York I wonder are there many apple trees in Australia? I know your country is full of kiwi but I am not sure whether it is the same for apples.
• Gainesville, Florida
I wish we could grow apples in Florida, but our climate is not suitable for them. I love apples, and eat them all the time. We grow a lot of citrus here in Florida. I guess there are probably lots of people around the world that wish they could grow oranges, tangerines and grapefruit in their communities, so I guess I shouldn't complain about not being able to grow apples!
• Gainesville, Florida
@JudyEv It might be our sandy soil that has something to do with it as well. I know that citrus adapts very well to our soil conditions, but I'm not sure if other fruit trees will do as well. Avocado trees do well hear, and so do pecan and peach trees, but I've never seen any apple or pear trees here before.