Why you should be excited
Chestnut is a crab-apple from Minnesota that's a great pollinator and a source of quality fruit for jelly and more.
The story of Chestnut
If you think crab-apples are inedible little packets of acid and bitterness, it’s time for you to try a Chestnut crab.
This fine Minnesota-bred crab-apple isn’t just for making jelly. No way. It’s also very good in cider and even works as a refreshing fresh-eating fruit.
And, at about two inches in size (much larger than many crabs), you won’t need handfuls of them to make a snack.
Finally, given where it was bred, you can be confident you won’t likely have a winter that’s too miserably cold for it to survive.
Chestnut (crab) Facts
Bred in Minnesota, 1946.
Flavour, aroma, texture
Fine-grained and crisp flesh is sweet, with a nutty flavour.
A pale-yellow crab-apple with red blush, about two inches in diameter.
When they’re available
Early season (usually in early September).
Quality for fresh eating
Quality for cooking
Quality for cider
So-so (about a month when kept refrigerated).