Apples Grójeckie refers exactly to 27 varieties of apples grown in the Grójec region in Poland.
These are only fruits that meet special requirements for colouring, size and pulp.
Due to the region of cultivation, these apples have a specific acidity - higher on average by 5% than other apples of the same variety, coming from other regions. In addition, they are also characterized by a strong blush. On 5 October 2011, "jabłka grójeckie" were entered in the EU register as a Protected Geographical Indication.
The founder of the Grójeckie orchards, called the largest orchard in Europe, is considered to be Queen Bona, who in the 16th century decided to allocate received lands to the growing of fruit trees, especially apples. A large role in the promoting the production of Grójeckie apples in the 19th century was played by priests, who involved themselves in the growing of apple trees and taught how to produce these fruit. In the year 1918 Jan Cieślak from Podgórzyce opened the first fruit storage warehouse in Poland, which allowed the sale of apples during the winter months, when high-quality fruit were lacking on the market.
The most popular varieties of Grójec apples are Gala, Golden Delicious, Jonagold, Gloster, Idared and Ligol. More about European apples, including grójeckie, can be found in the Apples and For Professionals tabs.