Pickled Crab Apples Recipe

This recipe does not work well with common “ornamental” crab apple varieties.

Edible Crab Apple Varieties bear fruit that is in the vicinity 2 inches round, ornamental varieties of crab apples are generally the size of a cherry or even smaller and frequently quite bitter.

A picture of several crab apples growing on a tree.


  • 8 lbs. crab apples
  • 6 cups vinegar
  • 8 cups brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoon cloves
  • 1 stick of cinnamon.
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  1. Combine brown sugar clove and cinnamon in a non-reactive saucepan. See: Reactive vs. non-reactive Cookware
  2. Heat on medium for 10-15 minutes OR until the mixture has a Syrup texture. similar to pancake syrup but slightly lumpy
  3. Leave the stems on crab apples.
  4. Add to syrup and boil until fruit is tender.
  5. Remove the fruit and pack it into jars.
  6. Pour in the syrup.
  7. Seal.

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In Summary

We hope you have enjoyed this recipe for pickled crab apples. With a few ingredients and a little bit of time, you’ll have some delicious canned crab apples.

Related: Growing Prairie Crab Apples