These can be used in the same way as cooking apples. They are bit too tart for some to eat raw - but some children love them like this!
Why don't you save some seeds and plant your own crab apple tree!
Wash well before use
Chop the apples in half, remove the seeds, place the fruit in a saucepan with a little water. Bring to the boil and then simmer for 20minutes, or until softened. Add a dash of apple cider vinegar for a boost of flavour.
Apple, mint and honey smoothie:
Cut crab apples in half, remove the seeds.
Add a handful of fresh mint leaves or half a teaspoon of dried mint, cut de-seeded apples, teaspoon of honey and 200ml of water to the food processor or blender and blend until smooth. Drink over ice, with a dash of lime for a refreshing and uplifting healthy start to your day!
Crab apple and sloe berry jelly (see sloe berries for recipe).