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Ode to crabapples

Every fall the crabapple trees they use for landscaping start bearing fruit, but when they stop bearing fruit and let the ground take over it just looks like someone puked all over the sidewalk, but until then they look real pretty.

In years past I have tried to make various things with crabapples, including cider and flavored liquors, but never with much success.

This will be my year.

Plans include flavored vodka, this time with success, and crabapple rose geranium jam. My father made this one year and it had such a lovely rose color and memorable flavor that it's one of my earliest memories. The smell of geraniums is always associated with my fathers first house.

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