However a crabapple has a sour pithy taste. However ornamental crab apple trees have been bred for their beauty not the flavor of their fruit.
It is intensely sour and tart much like biting into a lemon.
Crab apple taste. Though some of these apple miniatures appear better suited to a dollhouse kitchen and probably taste just as wooden there are several edible crabapple uses. The most popular is malus hupehensis a scab resistant tree that forms masses of white flowers opening from pink buds. All crab apples are edible.
It packs the right amount of sweetness in perfect melody with its tart side. A few crabapples in a batch of cider for example can make the end flavor more interesting and complex. The fruit can be green reddish purple and even yellow and typically has a bitter taste.
Crab apples are popular for making cider. My wifes favorite part is the skin. The flavor is rich and slightly nutty.
They are also pickled for use in chutneys and savory sauces. The fruits are cherry sized and red. Because the flavor alone is distasteful crabapples are sometimes added to other dishes as a supplement.
The five petaled flowers blossom in the late spring in most species. Crabapple jellies jelly is made with apples and sugar so even the not so sweet crabapples will do well in this form. Apples can be eaten raw or cooked.
We both think apples that have brown or russetting on them make for the best skin. At 14 to 2 inches in diameter crabapples look like miniature versions of regular apples. Add 6 cups apple slices return to boiling and boil for 1 minute using a slotted spoon transfer apples to a large bowl cover repeat with remaining apples.
Measure 33 cups in a large pot heat 1 gallon of water to boiling. Normal apples are more than 2 inches in diameter while the crabapple will be less than 2 inches. Snack size mall yet so flavorful.
And im talking about real cider where the sugars are fermented into alcohol not the post prohibition idea of cider thats nothing more than spiced up apple juice warmed up on a stove which i call false cider. I love this apple. Sour tannic apples are the best for cider.
Crabapples might give you a sore stomach if you eat a few but they wont cause poisoning. There are many hundreds of different species and cultivars of crab apple so just like their bigger fruited sister youll have plenty to choose from. In my opinion best crab apple ever.
Crabapple flavor ranges from tart to extremely tart. Apple flavor ranges from sweet to tart depending on variety and the use the variety is typically put to. These tiny crabapples are not poisonous and are perfectly edible.
Some ornamental crabapple trees produce small fruit others dont produce fruit at all. Crabapples are small tart fruits related to apples. Despite their unpleasant sharpness crabapples generally arent dangerous.
Crab apple recipes from around the web. Measure 24 cups in a 4 qt dutch oven combine sugar clear jel cinnamon. The leaves are shaped like a spear point and have serrated toothy ridges.