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Crabapples and Sparkleberries Grow Wild in Wakulla

crab apples growing wild

Wild crab apples are a favorite of deer, but the raw fruit is bitter to human taste.

Les Harrison is the UF/IFAS Wakulla County Extension Director

There is a phenomenal difference between what grows in the wild and what we grow on farms. Thanksgiving turkey, for example: when compared to wild turkey, the difference is significant–most will question as to whether or not it is the same kind of bird.

Whereas the apples we are used to are crisp and sweet, crabapples are almost inedible raw, and sparkleberries are nowhere near as tender as blueberries. Luckily, they both make a pretty good jelly or jam, along with providing an excellent food source for wildlife. Read the full article here!