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Crab Apples are a small heirloom variety that includes hundreds of cultivars. Used more for jellies and juicing, some brave souls actually enjoy this highly tart apple. Crabapples are not generally eaten out of hand, but are used more for jellies and juicing.

Scientific Binomial Name: Malus sylvestris


Crabapples are an heirloom apple that is generally used for jellies and juicing. Some brave souls actually enjoy this highly tart apple.

Great for juicing due to its tart nature and color.


Good-quality Crab apples will be very firm, but won’t have many of the other hallmarks of other apples. They are often scabbed or misshapen can vary in color from almost black, to red and even rich yellow.

Test the firmness of the apple by holding it in the palm of your hand. (Do not push with your thumb). It should feel solid and heavy, not soft and light.


Avoid product with soft or dark spots.

If the apple skin wrinkles when you rub your thumb across it, the apple has probably been in cold storage too long or has not been kept cool.


To store, keep apples as cold as possible in the refrigerator.

Apples do not freeze until the temperature drops to 28.5°F.


Apples won't ripen further after being picked. Some apples will convert their starches into sugar after being picked, but this is known as "curing", and is best achieved by leaving fruit in the refrigerator - never sitting at room temperature.

  • Nutritional Information
  • Apples are very low in Saturated Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium. They're also a good source of Dietary Fiber and Vitamin C.

    Amount per serving

    Calories :76Calories from Fat :
    Total Fat0.3
    Sodium 1%
    Total Carbohydrate19.95%
    Dietary Fiber0%
    Sugars 0%
    Protein 0.4%
    Vitamin A40%
    Vitamin C8%
    Calcium 18 %
    Iron 0.36%

  • Tips & Trivia
  • Rub cut apples with lemon juice to keep slices and wedges creamy white for hours.

    Store apples in a plastic bag in the refrigerator away from strong-odored foods such as cabbage or onions to prevent flavor transfer.

    The history of apple consumption dates from Stone Age cultivation in areas we now know as Austria and Switzerland. In ancient Greece, tossing an apple to a girl was a traditional proposal of marriage; catching it was acceptance.

    Folk hero Johnny Appleseed (John Chapman) did indeed spread the cultivation of apples in the United States. He knew enough about apples, however, so that he did not distribute seeds, because apples do not grow true from seeds. Instead, he established nurseries in Pennsylvania and Ohio.

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