Unlike modern cultivars, the Crab Apple is a thorn bearing tree (Pennick, page 52).
Crab Apples are smaller than modern cultivars, around an inch diameter, and ripen into yellow or red fruit.
History Man’s relation to apple trees dates back to prehistoric times.
The Common Apple or Wild Apple (Malus sylvestris) is native to Europe and Western Asia.
The healing properties of apples were recognized by traditional healers wherever the tree appeared.
According to Pliny, there were 22 varieties of apple trees world-wide.
There are over 156 varieties that trace their history to Somerset.