Everyone's favorite, dark cherries are paired with fruity merlot wine and ambrosial hints of raspberry, scented geranium, galangal root, bergamot, black pepper, cinnamon, vanilla and bay. For sheer complexity of flavors this is my most interesting product. Enjoy with pork, duck, game hens, quail, beef or lamb–deglaze your pan with some syrup and stock to make a sauce.
Serve on the plate like a pickle or chutney, or in a little bowl on the side with a spoon for the syrup, which is every bit as good as the fruit. Coat a champagne flute with syrup, fill and drop in a cherry. Great with cheese, or just spoon a few over good vanilla ice cream!
Note: fruit fills the jars when raw but shrinks in processing, adding their juice to the syrup. Not pitted.
Ingredients: whole cherries, wine, sugar, vinegar, corn syrup, herbs & spices
Considering their ubiquity 50 years ago it is stunning how completely Spiced Crab Apples disappeared from the American diet, a victim of the death of home canning and commercial versions with lurid red coloring and no flavor. They became a joke, then forgotten.
My farm visits are now mostly in summer and too early for apple anything. Occasionally there may be enough Duchess to eke out a pie or two. But often there will also be the Whitney crab apple limbs fringed with fruit, a reminder of the pickles my grandmother made from them. A few years back I decided I'd use them and make some.
I knew I'd have to improve on Grandma’s recipe to withstand the impossible perfection of memory. First I took out the water and added fruit juice, then some favorite spices. They came out so well my mom's made them every year since. One Farmer's Market customer was reduced to tears; "I haven't had these since my grandmother died 50 years ago!"
Here is your chance to renew old memories or make new ones. Enjoy year round with cheese or main course meats, pork, ham, turkey. For the novice: you will place them on the side of your plate and pick them up to eat them off the core as you would any apple.
Ingredients: crab apples, apple juice, sugar, cider vinegar, spices.
16 oz., 1 pt.