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Rosaceae Pyrus sp.

Source: Magness et al. 1971

The term crabapple is applied to native species of apple like fruits, as well as to hybrids of these with the larger fruited apples. Bailey lists 27 species of apple type fruits, 10 of which are native in some part of the U.S. Some American and Asiatic species are beautiful ornamentals, and fruit from these or native trees may be used in homes for jellies. The crabapples of commerce are probably all hybrids of native species with apples. These are fruits 1 to 2 inches in diameter, which in culture and general exposure are in all respects similar to apples, which see. In general, the trees are hardier than most apple varieties.

Season, bloom to harvest: About 4 months.

Production in the U.S.: No separate data; 1000-2000 tons.

Use: Mainly jelly or pickling.

Part consumed: Whole fruit; for jelly, whole fruit cooked - with core tissue and peel sieved out.

Last update Tuesday, January 13, 1998 by aw