The 'Food Lover's Companion' defines crab apples as 'A small, rosy red apple with a rather hard, extremely tart flesh. Crab apples, available during the fall and early winter months, are too sour for out-of-hand eating but make outstanding jellies and jams. Spiced and canned whole, they're a delicious accompaniment for meats such as pork and poultry.'I knew there had to be more uses for these small, tart apples besides crab apple jelly and found several at http://www.recipesecrets.net/. If you have a tree in your yard that is currently laden with these apples...the time is now!
If you have children in elementary school you probably learned that this week is when Johnny Appleseed Day is traditionally shared. Although September 26th is the 'official' day when schoolchildren in America learn about the lore of Johnny Appleseed his legend is told throughout the month. Some cities even have festivals and fairs in his honor! He was an eccentric character that was a naturalist and animal lover who roamed west through Indiana, Ohio, the hills of Tennessee and some say even Nebraska and the Rockies planting apple seeds, nurturing them into seedlings and giving them away to families moving west with the intent that they would plant apple orchards beside their new homes. Our children learned that he sometimes went barefoot, wore a tin pot that he used to cook his dinner in for a hat and was a friend to all animals. He wandered the countryside and relied on the kindness and hospitality of strangers. He died in 1845 after living a long life defined by charity. A life well lived.
Here's an old 1948 Disney short film about Johnny Appleseed. It's in 2 parts. This is classic Disney!
Here's part 2 of the Johnny Appleseed animated film: