Why you should be excited
Kerr is a Canadian-bred crab-apple that’s good at many things, including surviving a prairie winter.
The story of Kerr
There was a time when virtually the only members of the apple family that could survive a Manitoba winter – save perhaps a few obscure Russian varieties – were crab-apples.
These little guys were indigenous to North America, so could take a punishing winter.
And folks living in such places appreciated them. So much so that even when a few hardier varieties of regular apples came along, interest in crabs was sustained.
And by all accounts, Kerr is a very nice – and versatile - result.
Bred in Morden, Manitoba, Canada; 1952 introduction.
Flavour, aroma, texture
This crab-apple works well for jelly, juice, baking and even for fresh eating, as it is firm, crisp and juicy, with a very good sweet-tart flavour.
A little dark purple-red crab-apple five to seven centimeters in diameter.
When they’re available
Mid-season (usually in early October).
Quality for fresh eating
Quality for cooking
Quality for cider
Works very well in cider blends, contributing lots of acid as well as some astringency.
Excellent (up to 6 months when kept refrigerated).