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Question: I "inherited" some type of apple tree which is about 10 feet from my back door. It is about 30 feet tall and produces hundreds if not thousands of fruit (we don't thin them). Blossoms are white, fruit is green and averages 2-3 inches across. The tree is infected with what I think is apple scab. With its close proximity to the house and other gardens I can't spray it with anything, but I also hate to throw out all these apples. I don't even know if these are crabapples or regular apples or the variety. I would use them in canning and pies. My question is, are these apples edible (considering the scab and the fact that I don't know their type?) Help!

Answer: Unsprayed apples may result in more waste due to insect or disease damage, but basically the answer is "Taste it and see". The fruit should be ripe when the seeds turn dark. Whether it is a named variety or not is less important than the taste and texture -- even crabapples can be made into jelly! Enjoy!

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