The first green eating apple that can be grown commercially in Britain is to be launched by Tesco today.

The new Greenstar variety, developed by plant breeders in Belgium, is the first of its kind to be produced in Britain for many years as currently most green apples stocked in supermarkets are imported.

The British winter is not cold enough to produce popular varieties on a large scale. These include Granny Smiths, which are generally imported from South Africa, France and Italy, or Golden Delicious.

As The Grocer first reported back in October 2004, the Greenstar is a hybrid cross between a Granny Smith and an apple called the Delcorf.