Wild apples - crabapples ?

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Wild apples - crabapples ?

Post by Carlarua on Thu Aug 02, 2018 3:20 pm

I found an apple tree at the edge of a field, and I'm wondering if they're crabapples?

My dad used to tell a story that he had the most humongous tummy cramps after eating wild apples from a tree, so I'm not making that mistake. It must have been truly memorable, because 60 years after the facts, he still tells the story each year come apple time ;-)

Can I make anything out of them ( like a jelly ?) that doesn't make us feel as if we've been hit by dyphteria and/or can we feed it to the pigs/goats ?
These apples are tiny, rock hard and green, but there are absolute masses of them.

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Re: Wild apples - crabapples ?

Post by Sean Ph'lib on Thu Aug 02, 2018 4:52 pm

By the description, they sound like proper crabapples. They make an excellent jelly to accompany cold meats or cheese - even better if you mix in a few sloes. They also make a good wine and are a good addition to cider. But wait till they're ripe and fall off the tree.

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Post by wayland on Thu Aug 02, 2018 7:41 pm

As you say Sean, proper crab apples. The pigs will luv them but I would put them in me cider. Picked me first lot of "Beauty of Bath" for the mart tomorrow.
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Post by Carlarua Today at 8:28 pm

Brilliant! I wouldn't even know how to make cider, but i'll definitely give the jelly a go.
Thank you for telling me to wait til they drop off. I didn't know that I had to wait for that either. I just pick the bramley's we have in the garden.
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