We just moved to a house with a couple of fruit trees in the yard, one
seems to be some sort of apple tree. The fruit is about the size of a
cherry, but otherwise looks very similar in shape and color to a Red
Delicious. The tree itself is about 10-12 feet tall. Can anyone help me
identify it or point me to a helpful resource?
if you use them to flavor table apple cider, then it will make an
acceptable hard cider (1/4 or so crabapples, less if you can put some
tart apple in the mix). but, you have to have a press, cider mills
will not let you press your own for fear of bacterial contamination.
the pomace of crabapples is also a lot gummier than apple pomace, and
fouls their piping. if you don't have a press, flowering crabapples
are best used for spring displays, and winter bird attractors.
A crabapple is any apple tree that bears fruit less than 2" in diameter.
I read that somewhere.
My employer has flowering crabapple trees that have kind of large single
white flowers with just a tint of pink, and the apples are hard, sour
(but not unplesantly so), and white fleshed. The largest are about an
inch in diameter. I pick a few and eat them sometimes in the morning on
my way in to work.
I've picked some other crabapples around town that had coral colored
flesh. Those trees had dark pink blooms; I never got up close when they
were blooming to see if they were double or single flowers.
The local orchard sells a crabapple that I think is named "Chestnut" (or
maybe it's "Whitney"), and those are sweet and tasty little apples about
1.5" to 2" on diameter.
I think the color of the crabapple flesh has more to do with just how
much red pigment the tree produces, and the color of the blooms is a
good indicator for that.
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