F IS FOR FRUIT: The Savio grand kids were filmed by Sesame St at Savio's Orchard. Emma Savio, Charlotte Savio and Caitlyn Salter.
F IS FOR FRUIT: The Savio grand kids were filmed by Sesame St at Savio's Orchard. Emma Savio, Charlotte Savio and Caitlyn Salter. Liana Walker

Granite Belt apples star on Sesame Street

"A" IS for apples, which grow on a tree - the crew from Sesame Street came to the Granite Belt to use our apples to teach this simple message to children around the world.

Savio's Orchard in Pozieres played host to the crew in March last year when farmer John Savio, his children and grandchildren had a chance to get in front of the cameras for the episode which aired on June 25 this year.

He said the best part of working with Sesame Street was teaching children across the globe about where apples come from.

"Not just for our kids here but for any kids that are watching Sesame Street, it gives them a little bit of an insight that an apple isn't something that you just find," he said.

"Some kids don't realise milk comes from a cow and apples are exactly the same thing.

"They just think if you want to buy apples you just go to the shop and they're there, they don't realise where these apples come from."

His daughter in-law Katie Savio said she was excited to see her four-year-old daughter Emma, a fourth generation Savio, on the TV screen.

"It will be good for Emma to look back at when she's older and sees herself eating the apple," she said.

The Sesame Street crew travelled from America to spend half a day filming in the midst of 120ha of apple trees and inside the farm's production shed.

"It was winter time in America and it was in season here," Mr Savio said.

Annually, the orchard grows 5000 tonnes of different varieties, including the classic granny smiths and newer varieties envy and smittens, but it was the jazz apple that featured on the show.

"In their show they wanted a green apple but they timed it a little wrong."

Mr Savio said he didn't even notice he was being filmed on the day, while Mrs Savio said she was slightly nervous with the cameras filming close up while she checked through apples in the shed.

"I think some of the backpackers got a bit nervous because they were going right up to the girls that were packing and they were going right in their face, some were bright red," she said.

 

Mr Savio said the opportunity to be part of the iconic children's show came about through sister in-law Rosie Savio, a member of the Apple and Pear Australia Limited board, who was approached by the crew looking for an orchard to film the segment.

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