Braeburn apples were discovered in 1952 as a chance seedling growing in O. Moran’s orchard in New Zealand. The parentage of Braeburn apples is unclear, but both Lady Hamilton and Granny Smith apples were growing on nearby trees.
The apple is named after Braeburn Orchard, where it was first commercially grown. Williams Brothers nursery cultivated the Braeburn apple variety and introduced it to Washington apple growers in the 1980s.
Today, Braeburn is well-known as an all-purpose apple with a spicy sweet-tart flavor and crisp bite.