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NAME: Crab apple
SPECIES / FAMILY: Malus Sieversii / Rosaceae
OTHER COMMON NAME(S): wild apple
CONDITIONS: sun-partial shade
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
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):
- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malus (genus)
- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malus_sieversii (species)