I moved into an apartment last year with garden access and a tree in
the backyard that the landlord says is a crabapple. He wants to replace
it with a real apple tree, and I said I would be happy to use the
crabapples for jelly, etc. It produced apple-like pink blossoms in
spring and now has clusters of small bright red "apples," the size and
shape of small plums, that taste rather bitter.
What has me confused is it doesn't look like a normal apple tree--its
branches start almost at the base and are quite vertical, it has lots
of leaves evenly distributed, and its shape is tall (15-20 feet) and
columnar. I'm used to apple trees having a distinct trunk and being
short and gnarled and horizontal spreading.
Is this still something I can cook with, or is it just ornamental (or