Right now my plan is for blackberry jelly. It is fortunate that crab apples are at the right stage for jelly making when blackberries are ripe! Young green crab apples are best because they have the most pectin in them. They are tart so don't think you will love the apples raw, but they make fantastic jelly.
If you haven't scouted your nearest blackberry patch, now is the time. Look for them at edges of fields and islands of vegetation in fields. Often you will find wild grapes growing nearby as well. Note the location because you can go back at the end of summer to collect them! Look for crab apples around business buildings, shopping areas, and schools (I have found them in all three locally). They are often planted because of their attractive flowers in the spring.
|Starting at noon and going clockwise: Dock seeds for grinding into flour, milkweed flower buds for soup, a gallon of blackberries, perilla to dry for seasoning, three gallons of crab apples and center is wood sorrel for soup seasoning.|