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Old 13 April 2009, 02:26 AM
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Icon86 Don't eat crabapples

Comment: Growing up, we were always told not to eat crabapples because
they are poisonous and would make you sick. My understanding of what I was
told as a child, is that it will make adults sick but if you eat small
quantities of them growing up, you'll build up a tolerance to the toxins.
I brought this up at work and my coworker said he thinks it's only an
urban (or in my case, rural) legend. I searched crab and crabapple and I
didn't see anything about this. I've searched online and it seems most
people are of the opinion that if you eat too many they will make you
sick. Is there any truth to the story that crabapples are dangerous to
eat?
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Old 13 April 2009, 02:56 AM
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Don't know about toxins, but believe me, having eaten a few too many green crabapples will certainly make you 'indisposed' for a period of time! (Yes, we had a crabapple tree in our yard when I was a child, why do you ask?)

Also, too many underripe pears will do the same thing. (Yes, we had a pear tree in our yard when I was a child, why do you ask?)


YMMV.
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Old 13 April 2009, 03:01 AM
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Are crab-apples poison?

Crab apples are absolutely NOT poisonous! They make a fabulous jelly. All apples seeds are somewhat toxic but only when eaten in quantity - and who would want to do that!

A 72 year old gardener.
There you go, a 72 year old gardener agrees on WikiAnswers.

I found another site that says they are used for 'cleansing'.
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...Crab Apple is sometimes given to people to cleanse obsessive, repetitive behaviour such as hand-washing, re-checking that appliances are unplugged, and so on..
It cures OCD too!!!!! They should be called Wonder Apples!
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Old 13 April 2009, 07:09 AM
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Okay, you folks are making me want some crab apples now. (I haven't eaten any in years but I now want some--but I'm going to have to wait till I make it to the grocery store again. The thing is, I'm not sure if they sell them around here, but, then again, I really haven't looked for them.)
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Old 13 April 2009, 02:27 PM
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Okay, you folks are making me want some crab apples now. (I haven't eaten any in years but I now want some--but I'm going to have to wait till I make it to the grocery store again. The thing is, I'm not sure if they sell them around here, but, then again, I really haven't looked for them.)
Me too! I used to eat 'em straight off the tree.
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Old 13 April 2009, 05:09 PM
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Straight of the tree they gave me belly-ache, but I use them in preserves. A school friend ate them from the tree with impunity.
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Old 14 April 2009, 01:40 AM
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Don't eat crab-apples--they'll make you crabby!
I was going to mention that some people make crab apple preserves, but Llewtrah spanked me.
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Old 14 April 2009, 02:14 AM
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Crabapple jelly is a really neat color, and you don't have to add pectin! They're enough in the skin.

I don't understand why someone would eat them raw, though. When I made the jelly I think it had the most sugar per gallon of juice than any of the other fruits on the chart, except maybe cranberries. And it was still quite tart.
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Old 14 April 2009, 04:14 PM
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I like tart stuff now, but I REALLY liked it when I was little. I used to eat lemons.
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