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Digital Subscriptions > Kitchen Garden Magazine > November 2018 > THE CRAB APPLE – A CULINARY CLASSIC


If you’re looking for an apple that is easy to grow, produces an abundance of spring flowers and plenty of fruit for the kitchen, look no further than the unassuming crab apple, says David Patch


For many of us who strive to ‘grow our own’, the beauty of a plant often takes a back seat to usefulness. We care less about what a tree looks like, instead obsessing over flavour, cooking qualities and cropping times. However, the kitchen garden has always been a place where aesthetics are at least as important as taste – think of Victorian walled gardens with immaculate espalier fruit trees along the walls, or Frenchstyle potagers with box edging and symmetrical paths giving form and structure to a productive area of the garden. While there is an undeniable beauty to a row of ‘Cavolo Nero’ kale in late winter, leaves glistening with frost, there are plenty of plants which combine more classical good looks with a useful crop – none more so than the humble crab apple.

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Welcome to the November 2018 digital issue including exclusive videos made especially for you! This month... Can you dig it? Digging tools that take the strain. Give your fruit a winter workout Crab apple to light up plot and plate Snug fit snack food - Tasty vegetables for your small garden Bird feeders tried and tested by the pecks-perts Grow relaxing herbal teas Easy veg for kids Breads and pickles