I have been seeing crab apples for years but it never occurred to me that they were edible. I always saw them falling on the ground and going to waste so I thought there had to be a reason why people wouldn’t collect them.
Well, it turns out that they are not only edible but very delicious too. I have been walking under a crab apple tree almost every day so I collected as much as I could carry! They are a bit dry to the tongue when eaten fresh so it’s best to cook them. After making crab apple jelly which was a great success, I wanted to try an apple pie.
The most tedious part is removing the stems and seeds as they are quite tiny. I attempted to make a low fat version of this vegan pie so I completely improvised on the crust. I was very happy with the results so here is the full recipe.
I hope this inspires you to go around your neighbourhood and collect fruit and veggies that would otherwise go to waste!