I remembered seeing appletrees in blossom, spring 2020, on a walk. I meant to go back last Autumn and then forgot. This year, I remembered and when I arrived, I found something unknown. I did some searching and was 99% sure I had found a pacific crab apple tree. There were two of them with lots of fruit, so I harvested a small amount. I headed over to where I had seen some more blossom and there was another apple tree but the fruit were slightly bigger and more appley - not yellow, like the first tree. I did some more searching and came to the conclusion that this was pacific crab apple - so what was the first tree?
Step 1) 500g haw + 300g vinegar. Gently simmer for 30 minutes with a lid on the pot. The fruit should break up and then you can strain.
My fruit soaked up all the vinegar. I mashed them with a potato masher, added half a litre of water and they soaked that up. I think if I wrapped them in muslin and put in a cheese press, I might get a couple of tablespoons, not the half litre I need for stage 2.
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