Crabapple Cordial Recipe
What do you do with crabapples?
Are crabapples safe to eat? Yes, but many people don’t because of their bitter flavor. Don’t let this abundant resource go to waste just because it tastes a little sour, use it to enhance the flavor of sour cocktails!
Where to forage
Consult a crabapple identification chart to ensure the plant you discovered is actually a crabapple. Or download the Plant Snap App for in field photo id assistance. Crabapples have diverse growth habits or tree shapes. The shapes consist of weeping (pendulous), rounded, spreading (horizontal), upright (columnar), vase-shaped, and pyramidal.
Apples and crabapples are in the rose family, Rosaceae, in the genus Malus. Crabapples are differentiated from apples based on fruit size. If fruit is two inches in diameter or less, it is termed a crabapple. If the fruit is larger than two inches, it is classified as an apple.
Fruit is borne in the summer and fall. Colors range from dark-reddish purples through the reds and oranges to golden yellow and even some green. On certain selections the fruit can remain attractive well into the late winter.
How to use crabapples in cocktails
Crabapples are commonly referred to as “bitter” or “sour” tasting – perfect for cocktails, since many beverage recipes call for bitter and sour pairings. Try these easy to make recipes or hire Garden to Glass to make cocktails at your next party.