Some of you may remember my previous two posts on the blossoms on the flowering crabs in my courtyard (see https://derwandersmann.wordpress.com/2014/05/21/and-2/
entitled “And …” and “Closeups”, respectively.).
Well, here are the ultimate results of those blossoms, first a view of the tree; observe the red fruit:
And next, a couple of closeups of the fruits themselves:
These are “crabapples”, so-called because they “bite” I suspect, not our eating apples. and this is as big as these little guys get, around ¾” to 1″, and they are not exactly tasty … VERY acid, in fact, but they are widely used in the preparation of jams and jellies, because of their high quantity of pectin (the stuff that makes jellies gel). With sufficient sugar, they are quite palatable.
When Johnny Appleseed traveled the early USA, passing out appleseeds, this is what he was handing out, not the regular eating apple of today, because apples don’t breed true through the seeds, but only through the wood. (Don’t ask me why!) The settlers made jams with them, and naturally, whiskey, which was the same as cash on the frontier.
P.S. The birds love ’em, too, and get stoned on the fermenting fruit on the ground.