This pingpong-ball-sized fruit packs a lot of flavor into just a few crunchy bites. Sweet as a Honeycrisp, sharp as a Harlason, its flavors are reminiscent of chestnuts, raspberries and rose. When cooked, its notes become more subtle, almost buttery, brown-sugary and lush. The fist-sized fruit 2 to 4 inches in diameter fits nicely into a lunchbox, makes a pretty stuffed sweet or savory baked apple and serves as a lovely edible centerpiece when piled into a glass bowl. The chestnut crabapple, indeed, strikes a happy mix of flavor, versatility and beauty.
The apple, bred by the University of Minnesota in the s, is a cross between a crabapple and the Vermont Malinda, an heirloom apple that dates back to the early s and is an ancestor of the Honeycrisp. You can find these apples at farmers markets and local food co-ops through Thanksgiving.
Look for chestnut crabs or any apples that are plump and firm, not at all shriveled or soft, or with dents. Store them in perforated plastic bags in the refrigerator.
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Toss them into a pan of roasting chicken or pork with a few sprigs of rosemary; roast a few slices with Brussels sprouts; slice and layer into grilled cheese. They are also delicious halved, cored and then grilled or broiled, cut-side down, to garnish a dessert plate or main dish.
Because they oxidize quickly, dip apple slices in acidified water 1 tablespoon lemon juice or vinegar to 1 cup water. Baked apples are often served in Northern kitchens. As perfectly proportioned containers, their chiseled hollows may be stuffed with crushed oats and maple syrup or breadcrumbs and soft cheese. Savory baked apples make a fine accompaniment to pork, lamb or beef roast. Sweet baked apples make a fine finish to a light meal of a hearty white bean or curried pumpkin soup, served in the fading light of a frosty, blustery autumn day.
Note: Your choice of sweet or savory, or both. Stuffed with sharp cheese and hazelnuts, these make a wonderful side dish to roast meats or a simple bowl of hearty soup. Or fill them with granola or oatmeal, a few nuts and a little maple syrup. To make the acidified water for the apples, combine 1 tablespoon lemon juice or vinegar to 1 cup water.
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Then core the apple to create a hollow. Brush the cut apple with a little acidified water see Note.Flavor can vary radically from one climate to another. Chestnut is indeed nutty in my climate Maryland. Anon: Nope, what you see is exactly what you get, warts and all. I only report what I taste, which is both a virtue and a shortcoming. I do find that many online sources of apple "facts" quote each other, sometimes word-for-word. I consider that to be less a considered consensus as laziness.
I also find that many apples vary from harvest to harvest. I picked up some Chestnuts last week that were tasty but not at their very best. Thanks for describing the tastes you found. I wish more people would do that here. It's "nutty" here in California too. The same "nutty" flavor found in Margil. I'm not sure what else to call it but nutty, though it is more tending toward rotten nuts to me. I've tasted it in other apples as well. I"m not a big fan of that flavor, though it can be good with cheese and I imagine in a salad and other places.
I eat my chestnut crabs before they develop that flavor, at which time they are bright and lively.
The nutty thing is distracting and out of place to me. Other people think it's great, as usual, different strokes.
Chestnut Crab ripens in August for me. So far 2 data points for nutty, both from more temperate climates than the one that informs my samples. Maybe I'll get to try a nutty one someday. Meanwhile I really enjoy these, and find myself thinking of them as mini-Cox's. BTW, I also think it's a beautiful apple. Mine go somewhat translucent with multiple layers of texture and color.
Definitely not in a supermarket way at all. It would make a great watercolor subject in the old school of fruit rendering. One of the most beautiful apples I've seen I'd say. Nice find, that painting. I love it! One gets the impression that fruit people are completely unable to describe things in their own words, with so many sites saying the same thing, word for word.
If you google "would be handsome espaliered," you get seven hits, six used to describe the King David apple. If that's not self-referential enough, when I follow your advice and google " would be handsome espaliered ," the middle of the page is a link to this post, courtesy of your comment!
At least it is today. It has confounded assessments of disease tolerance, vigor, and even identifying characteristics of the cultivar itself to the point that one has to regard descriptors even from nursery catalogs and extension publications with a wary eye. I call it "cut-and-paste" disease.
Join the conversation! We'd love to know what you think.We have started harvesting Chestnut crabapple from our young 5th leaf tree on antonovka roots. Last time I had these to eat was at Fedcotrees booth at the Commonground Fair- they amazed me then with the rich, sweet and nutty flavor, and now picking them for the first time from my own tree, they are living up to that memory. I am quite pleased with the productivity and precosity of my unsprayed tree. Very full bloom in the spring, many fruitlets were thinned by plum curculio, but yet the tree has a nice load on it ripening now.
Truly excellent out of hand eating- lunch box sized fruit a bit larger than other culinary crabs. Lovely russet orange splashed over gold skins. Tree is vigorous with a spreading, slightly drooping habit.
Another keeper variety that I may top work other trees in my orchard over to. Looking forward to juicing some fruit and testing sugar, acidity levels for future cider endeavors, I think this one will do some good things in a barrel….
I have two 1st leaf Chestnut crabs on B rootstock. Hopefully they will turn out as nice as yours. Thanks for sharing. What a delicious apple, I might have to spray Surround on it as the curcs like it as well…. A limiting factor for me is size-- we are mostly growing dwarf size trees. So, my question-- is there something about crabapples, or this variety in particular, that they are unable to be grafted onto dwarfing rootstocks? Since it is a relatively little known northern variety, choices are limited, I have seen it listed at Fedco and St Lawrence nursery, and both places offer apples mostly on antonovka.
Cummins might have it, and their offerings are usually on a wider variety of roots. I should have some scionwood available this winter…. Thanks for the help, JesseS. I may take you up on the scionwood offer.
I cannot wait until my tree starts producing. Maybe if it does well I could graft Chestnut into it someday. Another season, and a very nice bloom on my Chestnut Crab, first of my 6th leaf trees to flower so profusely.
Chestnut crabapple General Fruit Growing. JesseS UTC 1. JesseS UTC 2. Chikn UTC 4. Truly an excellent apple, crab or otherwise. Jeremiah UTC 6. I love chestnut crabs; your tree looks great.
JesseS UTC 7. PommeThrum UTC 8. Thanks in advance for any help provided! JesseS UTC 9. Chikn UTC PommeThrum UTC I am somewhat normal to this whole thing. Welcome to the forum, busch.Have you tasted this variety? Do you agree or disagree with our tasting notes?
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All about apples, pears, plums, and cherries - and orchards where they are grown. Chestnut Crab crab-apple Malus domestica. Large cooking and dessert crab apple. Attractive, reddish bronze fruit. Crisp, juicy sweet flesh with a pleasing nut-like flavor. Ripens over a long period.
Chestnut Crab identification photos Copyright: Orange Pippin. Add your comments Visitor reviews. I planted a chestnut crab in my yard in Bozeman, MT in We had two bumper crops after about and several busts, mostly because of late spring frosts. In my opinion, this is the best-tasting apple in existence, like drinking a fine white wine. Leaving it behind when we moved to Bethlehem, PA this year was not easy, and I'm eagerly looking for a fruit stand or orchard in eastern PA that sells them.
We have two of these in our yard in SW Montana. We get a good crop every years. Mainly eat them fresh off the tree and in pies. This year, as usual, we shared our crop with the birds but still made 9 delicious pies.
One of my favorite little apples.A list of larger crabapple trees Too Big To Ship appears at the end of this section. These will be available for pick up at any of our distribution centers in spring. Considered one of the BEST crabapple trees. A very symmetrical oval tree with dark green foliage with a red tinge turning purple. Yellow fruit has outstanding flavor and good texture for fresh eating. Medium storage life. Often used as a pollinator and is disease resistant.
Excellent disease resistance. This small crab is noted for its abundance of deep red buds that open to purple-red flowers fading to lavender. Foliage immerges purple, then fades bronze-green. An extremely papipular and hardy tree with outsranding purplish foliage with a green undercast.
An outstanding white flowering crabapple. Heavy textured, glossy green foliage. Hardy with little disease and low maintenance. Excellent for street planting due to their pink bud turning to white blooms. This disease resistant crav has crisp green foliage with buds that open to showy white flowers completely covering the tree.
Excellent landscape tree. This compact, upright spreader has pink flowers before purple leaves form. Resistant to fire Blight. An old time favorite. Excellent when used for apple butter or spiced apples. White flowers in the Spring with the fruit having a short storage life.Chestnut crabapple trees have excellent disease resistance to common apple tree diseases.
This tree is annually productive with heavy crops and is very cold hardy down to Zone 3 on standard rootstock. Hardiness zones 3 — 8. Your choice below is which rootstock you would like your Chestnut crabapple grafted onto.
Your options are in rootstock either Semi Standard or Standard. This Chestnut crabapple is made by using plant tissue from the original tree and attaching it to the new roots. This essentially is giving you an identical tree, of the one you see in the picture and description. This rootstock clone is a vigorous, early producer of the Minsk breeding program. B is more vigorous than the other clonal rootstocks, but still imparts the high degree of winter-hardiness zone 4a. Bud tolerates heavy soils, difficult conditions, is well anchored, and does not sucker.
This rootstock as well as other clonal rootstocks will remain in the upper profile of the soil.
B is excellent when planting into improved soil either in food plots, or if you are looking for a well uniformed orchard. This rootstock is extremely cold hardy down well into Hardiness Zone 3, and is very comparable to Antonokva in many ways. Standard rootstock will develop deep roots making it extremely well anchored, penetrating well into the sub soil pulling up lost nutrients.
It is adaptable to many soil types and conditions especially well when planting in less desirable locations. This could be used in areas such as wooded food plots, reclaimed land, shale mountain soil, dryer uplands and ridges. This Standard rootstock will also perform very well in improved soil in an orchard style setting. I am only grafting onto the most vigorous Malus Dolgo seedlings. For this reason, These trees on this standard rootstock will run slightly bigger than the trees grafted to Bud Plant at least 2 different apple varieties within close proximity to each other to ensure pollination.
Grams Gift crabapple makes an excellent pollinator for both standard size apples and crabapples. Plant all apples and crabapples in moist, well drained soil with a soil pH between 5. If you have not completed a soil test and improved your soil.
The first number tells you percentage of nitrogen contained in the fertilizer. Nitrogen applied directly to the roots of the tree will cause death to your tree, make sure the first number is zero. Nitrogen is very mobile in the soil, apply a small amount of Nitrogen the following year as needed.Alkmene is a mid-season apple from Germany, related to to Cox but with a more robust flavor. One of the world's great cooking apples, Calville Blanc is a French variety with a spicy tangy flavor. A quietly popular apple, similar to Delicious but with a better and more complex flavor.
Cornish Gilliflower is a popular traditional English eating apple with an excellent sweet aromatic flavour. Developed from McIntosh, Cortland is one of the most widely-grown Mac-style apples. CrimsonCrisp is a modern scab-resistant apple, with a very crisp flesh.
It can be picked over a long-period. Malus Dolgo, also known as Pink Glow, offers early-season white flowers and dark pink fruits. An old culinary variety from Russia, popular in North America, and noted for its winter hardiness. Egremont Russet is the most popular English russet variety, and a good apple tree for the garden.
One of the most widely-planted McIntosh style apples, Empire has the Mac flavor but improves on it. Enterprise is a modern American disease-resistant apple, good for eating fresh and cooking. Esopus Spitzenberg is one of the best-flavored American heirloom apples, and a favorite of Thomas Jefferson. A very hardy north country apple, known both as the Snow Apple and Fameuse, and the probable parent of McIntosh.
A modern disease-resistant variety related to Jonathan and Golden Delicious. Freyberg or Freyburg is an attractive golden yellow apple with a high-quality sweet refreshing flavor. Developed in Japan, but with all-American parents, Fuji is a very attractive apple with a good sweet flavor.
Gala is popular supermarket apple - but better when home-grown, with a sweet pleasant flavor. Galarina is best considered an improved, disease-resistant Gala to which it is closely related. Golden Russet is an antique apple from New York, considered the best-flavored of American russets. It is also one of the best new hard-cider varieties. Granny Smith is the world-famous green apple from Australia, a good choice for warmer apple-growing regions.
A high quality apple, Grimes Golden is probably the parent of Golden Delicious, but with a richer flavor. Harrison is a traditional American cider apple, noted for its excellent juice quality.
Harry Masters Jersey is a traditional English cider apple variety, producing a bittersweet juice.