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How do I know when my crab apples are ripe?

Asked by lilakess (789points) June 12th, 2007

Don't they always taste tart? But, the tree is laden...

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Perchik's avatar

From my experience, they always taste sour. Maybe I'm just not waiting long enough.

gailcalder's avatar

Used only to make jelly (in my experience) and hence sugared to taste. I can't imagine actually eating one. I would guess that when there is a slight red flush on fruit, they are ready.

skfinkel's avatar

Crab Apples turn a wonderful rich red and are fragrant when ready to pick. Also, you will notice that some fall off the tree with a shake of a branch. They are bitter though. As mentioned above, good as jellied.

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