PLANT PROFILE

 

NAME: Crab apple

LATIN NAME / FAMILY:  Malus sieversii / Rosaceae

OTHER COMMON NAME(S):  wild apple

CONDITIONS: sun-partial shade
 

PARTS:

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TASTE

RAW/COOK

SEASON

All

 

 

 

 

Shoots

 

 

 

 

Leaves

       

Stalk/Stem

 

 

 

 

Buds

       

Flowers

 

 

 

 

Fruits

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sweet-tart

 

Sep-Oct

Pods

 

 

   

Seeds

 

 

 

 

Nuts

 

 

 

 

Roots

 

 

 

 

Bark

 

 

 

 

 

PORTION: medium

 

COMMENT: Wild apples and crab apples are the same thing and can all be traced back to Kazakhstan. Apples taste varies from sweet to tart.

 

CAUTION: Seeds. All members of this genus contain the toxin hydrogen cyanide in their seeds and possibly also in their leaves, but not in their fruits. Hydrogen cyanide is the substance that gives almonds their characteristic taste but it should only be consumed in very small quantities. Apple seeds do not normally contain very high quantities of hydrogen cyanide but, even so, should not be consumed in very large quantities. In small quantities, hydrogen cyanide has been shown to stimulate respiration and improve digestion, it is also claimed to be of benefit in the treatment of cancer. In excess, however, it can cause respiratory failure and even death.(1)

 

NUTRITION/MEDICINAL: https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-298/apple  / https://draxe.com/apple-nutrition

 

LOOK-A-LIKES:  

 

POISONOUS LOOK-A-LIKES: 

 

OTHER USES: Used a root stock for cultivated apples. Also used to smoke meat.

 

SOURCE LINKS (may include nutritional and medicinal info, plus other uses):

  1. https://www.pfaf.org/User/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Malus+sieversii
  2. http://www.eattheweeds.com/apples-wild-crabapples
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malus (genus)
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malus_sieversii (species)
  4. https://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/apples-of-eden-saving-the-wild-ancestor-of-modern-apples