Why the Doctor was Right about Apples!

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Red delicious, Granny Smith, or crab apple; whatever variety you fancy, apples do a body good! What’s so great about apples?

Low in fat and calories

Hungry? Apples are a healthy, filling, and sensible snack. One apple contains less than 100 calories. Great for the body and the waistline!


Apples are a great source of fibre. The peel and pulp of the apple are the main contributors to the fibrous content. One medium-sized apple contains over 4 grams of fibre. Adults should aim for at least 21 – 38 grams of dietary fibre each day.


Crabapple Zucchini Crisp by Naomi

Thanks again to Naomi for sharing her delicious recipes! This is a great recipe for those who have excessive quantities of both crabapples and zucchini.

Crabapple Zucchini Crisp


  • Filling:
  • 2 cups chopped crabapples, cores removed (I leave the skin on; parboil first if too hard to slice)
  • 2 cups chopped zucchini, skin and seeds removed
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Topping:
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup quick oats


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.

Crab Apple Banana Jerky – by Naomi

We love when our volunteers share recipes with us! Thank you, Naomi!

Crab Apple Banana Jerky


  • 2 cups crushed banana
  • 5 cups crab apples


  1. Cut away the crab apples and discard the core.
  2. Boil the crab apple pieces in 1 cup water about 30 minutes, until soft.
  3. Puree apples in a blender. Add the bananas, blend.
  4. Place puree about 1/4 inch thick on food dryer leather trays (or use parchment paper); dry for about 12 hours, or until crispy; break into chips.
  5. If you have very tart crab apples, use a higher ratio of bananas. If you have small hard crab apples that are difficult to cut, parboil them first to make them easier to slice and remove the core.

Crab Apple Maple Beverage – by Naomi

We love when our volunteers share recipes with us! Thank you, Naomi!

Crab Apple Maple Beverage


  • 4 cups crab apples (small hard crab apples work especially well)
  • Water to cover crab apples in cooking pot
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup


  1. Boil the whole crab apples until soft, crush with a potato masher and strain.
  2. Discard the cores, stems and skins.
  3. Cool the juice, dilute with water to taste and add maple syrup.
  4. I like to serve with ice, you can also add your favourite liquor.

Fruit Share & My Bartending Career by Marc Tessier

A big THANK YOU to Marc Tessier for sharing his story. Enjoy the read!

I’ve been an on again off again bartender for the past 6 years, but only started taking that career seriously about a year ago. After a trip to Victoria, BC for the Art of the Cocktail festival, I realized that being a bartender is not only about slinging sub par drinks. It is an art, a craft, and in order to perfect your craft, you must train. Men and women behind the stick are creating their own syrups, bitters, cordials, shrubs, preserves, etc… in order to be more creative with cocktail creations.

Next Pick & Preserve Workshop – Apple Butter on September 9th!

This is your second chance to make apple butter!

Due to unforeseen circumstances, our first apple butter workshop has been rescheduled. This means all you Fruit Sharers have a second chance to attend, make some apple product and take it home with you!

Here are the new details:

Topic: Apple Butter and Freezing Apples
When: September 9th, 2013
Where: St. Mary’s Rd United Church (613 St Mary’s Rd)
Time: 6pm-9pm
Cost: $15

Please email Joanna at fruitshareworkshops@gmail.com to register.

Can an Apple a Day Keep the Doctor Away?

Turns out, this sweet, crisp, and juicy fruit can really do a body good! Apples are loaded with more nutrients than we give them credit for.

Ripe Chestnut crabs on the tree

Low in Fat & Calories – Apples are a healthy and sensible snack, that are filling too! Good news is that one apple contains less than 100 calories. Great for the body and the waistline!

Fibre – Apples are a great source of fibre. The peel and pulp of the apple are the main contributors to the fibrous content. One medium sized apple contains over 4 grams of fibre.

Pickin’ In the Rain

Article by Emma Gehrs-Whyte, Cafe Supervisor at Sam’s Place.

sams_apple_pickersOn Sunday, August 4, a group of staff and volunteers from Sam’s Place headed out to pick crab apples.

Sam’s Place is a café, used bookstore, and music performance venue located at 159 Henderson Highway. A program of Mennonite Central Committee, Sam’s is a unique business in the Elmwood community, fostering an environment of—as we like to say—“coffee, culture, and conversation”. One of our core values is sustainable, healthy, and affordable food choices: we use local and organic meat, veggies, flour, and grain products in the sandwiches, soups, salads, and baking on our menu. Our organization is kept alive and interesting by countless hours of volunteer service. To celebrate our extraordinary volunteer community, we wanted to organize a special event for our youth volunteers to bond and have some fun.

Preserve Workshops!

Wondering what to do with all those apples and crab apples? Have no fear, the Preserve Workshops are here!

The first one will be Aug 10th from 11-2pm at the Magnus Elison Recreational Centre (430 Langside St). The topics will be crab apple jelly and dehydrated apples. $15 per person and everyone will take product home with them.

The next one will be Friday August 23 from 11-2pm, place TBA. Topic will be Apple butter and freezing apples. Again, $15 per person and everyone will take product home.

Participants can preregister for the workshop by emailing fruitshareworkshops@gmail.com.

Don’t delay, space is limited!!

Dreaming of Fruit

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By Hadass Eviatar

Hadass is a Winnipeg writer. She blogs at My Coat of Many Colours (link is http://hadasseviatar.com/blog/), where she muses on life, health and the joys of local food.

It’s the Winter That Wouldn’t Die. Below-normal temperatures, piles of snow everywhere. Talk of a big flood, again. But I’m dreaming of summer’s fruit.

The apple trees in my yard are still bare, still holding on to last year’s apples that didn’t get picked. I’m sure the birds who stayed here through the winter appreciated them. I need to figure out some way to get those apples – maybe I’ll strike a deal with my neighbour, whose yard they hang over so enticingly. It looks like the same tree is bearing two kinds of apple – I wonder who spliced them together so many years ago? The crab apples on my side made the most delightful applesauce last year, but I can’t wait to get my hands on those eating apples, so tantalisingly on the wrong side of the fence.

The Crab Apple Dilemma

Dear Crab Apple Owners,

We want to thank you all for registering your fruit with us over the years, we are glad that you have the desire to share your fruit and wish to see it put to good use.

As most of you are already aware, this summer we have had some challenges filling all of our pick requests. This has been especially true for Crab Apples.  There are a few reasons for this, which we’d like to share with you in the hopes of coming up with some solutions to the ‘crab apple dilemma’ for next year.

  • Currently, 129 out of our 307 Fruit Owners have crab apple trees. That means over 40% of picks that we are offering to our volunteers and partner organizations are crab apples.

The Ups and Downs of Crab Apples: Different varieties and our experiences with them

If you’ve sworn off of crab apples based on some bad experiences – please give this post a read. Not all crab apples are alike! Different varieties have different features that make them great for different purposes.

There are many varieties of crab apples available on the prairies and the list of available varieties changes from year to year, with new introductions continually being added. They are often used for landscaping purposes because of their beautiful blossoms and colorful foliage.

The different varieties ripen at different times. Earlier in the season, most of our requests to pick were for the Rescue variety of crab apples, great for fresh eating, juice or jelly.

Ripe Rescue crabs on the tree

A delicious and easy way to use crab apples

Tired of trying to core your tiny crab apples? Here is a great juice recipe that takes very little effort. The recipe says to cut apples in half, but I tried it out with some very small crab apples and left them whole, stem on and all, and the juice came out great!

Crab Apple Juice


  • 4 quarts (4 L) Crab apples
  • 2 tbsp (30 ml) Cream of Tartar
  • 5 quarts (5 L) Boiling water
  • 1-2 cups (250-500 ml) Sugar


  1. Wash Apples, cut in half and place in large stock pot.
  2. Sprinkle apples with cream of tartar and cover with boiling water.
  3. Let stand for 24 hours.

Apple Picking Extravaganzas

It is that time of year again, more apples than most people can figure out what to do with! To handle the great amounts we are seeing, we’re going to be organizing to have a whole ton of apples pressed into cider at Apple Junction. Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll be organizing several apple picking extravaganzas: gathering a group of 6 or 7 volunteers, and spending a morning, afternoon or evening together picking apples at a few sites. Volunteers will be welcome to take home a small bag of apples, but the majority will be dedicated to Fruit Share. We then have a few volunteers that have signed up to transport our apples out to apple junction, where they will collect until we have enough to make a great batch of fresh apple cider. The cider will be sold at events as a fundraiser for fruit share. Volunteers who participate in the picks will be able to purchase cider at a reduced price (to be determined as it will be based on how much we can pick and press).

Crab apple juice recipe

Winnipeg has plenty of gorgeous crab apple trees. The problem that many people seem to have is, what can you do with crab apples?

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Crab apples are so beautiful.

One of our volunteers has kindly shared a favourite recipe for how she uses crab apples. Carrie got the recipe from her friend years ago and although she doesn’t follow any exact rules, it goes a little something like this:

A full stock pot of washed apples (sliced or whole), sprinkle with a tbsp cream of tartar and cover with boiling water. Let sit 24 hrs and strain, boil the juice, sweeten to taste and seal in sterilized jars. I don’t have a real recipe, but found a few after a Google search like this one! Very easy!