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Dec 18, 2007 06:45 PM

Spiced Crabapples - where to buy?

Mom always had spiced crabapples (from a jar) on the holiday table and I have not been able to find them at my local stores. Has anyone seen them recently?

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  1. I love those and had almost forgotten about them... Growing up, we used to buy those at a German grocery store (this was in Chicago). So, if they're a German thing, then maybe they're at Alpine Village in Torrance? That's a guess because I have not actually laid eyes on them myself.

    You may consider making them yourself. Having preserved a million things, I cannot imagine that it would be very hard to make the spiced crabapples yourself. I have seen crab apples in the farmers markets and at the Santa Monica Coop Market on Broadway.

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    1. re: glutton

      Hmmm . . . never thought about them as being German, at least not the brand my mother bought (in a jar). Maybe Pennsyvania "Dutch"German? They love to pickle things! (My mom, who had PD relatives always said "Seven Sweets and Seven Sours" which I think meant have a variety of choices of preserved foods on the table (good hospitality). I will try the German village out here in Huntington Beach.

    2. Are those the same as the spiced apple rings? As an East Coast transplant I sometimes jones for those and found them about a month ago at Bristol Farms in Beverly Hills on Beverly and Doheney. Cheers.

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      1. re: PinotPlease

        Not quite the same as the spiced apple rings. The crabapples are about the size of a ping-pong ball and have a stem like a cherry. Either would make a lovely and interesting addition to a holiday meal. I will try a local Bristol Farms (I'm in OC). Thanks!

        1. re: Joani Macaroni

          Until about 2 years ago, S&W sold jars of whole spiced crab apples that were carried at Gelsons and Bristol farms. This year I have checked at both stores and Whole Foods and found no one carries them. I found the apple rings at Vons, but that was at Thanksgiving and haven't seen them since. It is really too bad this produce is no longer available in our area.

          Ken Okel Dec 21, 2007 8:05 P.M.

          1. re: kkobooks

            Thanks for letting me know Ken. I've had several people suggest making them myself and I was amazed at how many recipes there are on the Internet for them, so I'm not the only one who enjoys them. They'd be wonderful with roast beef but since I'm roasting a turkey, I'll settle this year for fresh cranberry sauce. I guess So. California is becoming so multi-ethnic that the more obscure "traditional" foods are fading out. We have such a bounty of fabulous ethnic choices now, so I guess that's the trade-off.

            1. re: Joani Macaroni

              I think they are in your local grocery store near the applesauce.

              They are in a jar.

              However, I've not looked for them in awhile.