It can be hard to know if you have found a true Crab apple or a hybrid as different species of apple will happily cross pollinate, one way is if the apple is too sour and sharp to eat, the sharper the taste, the nearer it is to a true Crab apple.
|Common Names||Crab Apple, Wild Apple|
|Scientific Name||Malus sylvestris|
A white to pink/red, five petaled flower that blooms from Spring to early Summer. The fruit is ready sometime in late Summer or Autumn.
The flowers have a kind of bitter almond smell.
The apples are very sharp and unless trying the ‘don’t pull a face’ while eating them test, are best used cooked.
The best way to collect Crab apples is to cover the floor in canvas and shake the tree or simply collect the windfalls.
The leaves can also be used to make a pleasant tea.
The fruit is an astringent and laxative.
Crab apples contain a lot of pectin and are great for helping jellies to set or making crab apple cheese.
The wood burns well with a pleasant smell and the bark was used in the past to create a reddish/yellow dye.