Mandarin Crab Apple

October 26th, 2009 | Fruit Maven

If you find yourself asking the mirror on the wall who’s the fairest of them all, then this is the fruit for you!
APPEARANCE Rating: ★★★★★

Looks like a perfect little bright red cherry, light brown flesh

AROMA Rating: ★★★★☆

Sweet and spicy like cinnamon

TEXTURE Rating: ★½☆☆☆

Somehow both firm and mushy

TASTE Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Quite sour, with some bitterness

OVERALL Overall Rating: ★★★☆☆

This is by far the most adorable little apple I have ever seen in my life. I want this in a bowl on the counter, to decorate the top of apple cakes, to whip out of my purse at parties…you get the idea. As for eating — it is too tart, with too much core for its petite size and the brown flesh is just off putting. This could be a great, ornery little apple to give out at Halloween if there wasn’t that whole razor-blades-in-apples thing to worry about and if you didn’t care that neighborhood kids hate you.

FRUIT

Crab Apple

VARIETY

Mandarin

PEAK

Fall

ORIGIN

Unknown

GROWN

Unknown

PURCHASED

Grocery Store

NOTES

To be fair, crab apples generally aren’t eaten raw but I did not know this when I bit into it. Buyer beware. How can something that ridiculously cute not be snack worthy? I can not wrap my brain around this.

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  • keri Jun 9, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    i don’t care that neighbor kids hate me. ;) there’s a crab apple tree very close to my house, but i don’t know if it’s the same variety. we used to eat them raw when we were kids all the time. got diarrhea an’ everything! but it was worth it in those late summer days, hangin’ out at the creek, wondering what to do next.

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