I’ve been watching the crabapple trees near our house closely, and it’s almost time to pick them! If you’ve never picked crabapples before, here’s a simple way to tell when they’re ripe and ready!
Just cut a few open around their equator, and look at the seeds. If they’re brown, they’re ripe. The crabapples that I tested today also had a bit of give when I squeezed them (and that’s another good sign that they’re ripe).
Note: While the crabapples shown here are red, many will be a yellow-orange color when they’re ripe. That’s why you go by the seeds and not the skins.
I’m planning to use my crabapples to make applesauce, apple butter, apple jelly and apple pie filling. You can pretty much use them in place of the apples called for in any baked/cooked recipe. Pretty cool, huh?