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Apple blossom buds appear in the spring after a period of dormancy during cold winter temperatures. This latent period is necessary for the flowers to develop properly and for the tree to yield an abundant fruit crop. Apple blossoms are clustered in groups of 4 to 8 and are white to pale pink with reddish-pink undersides. They are highly aromatic with nuances of wild rose, jasmine, water lily and honey. Their flavor is subtle with a sweet honeysuckle quality and delicate texture.
Apple blossoms are available in the early spring.
Blossoms from the apple tree, or Malus domestica, are synonymous with the arrival of spring. As a deciduous tree in the Rose family, its diversity was once as rich as 20,000 varieties. Today only about 100 types of apple are grown commercially, and as few as ten make up the majority of production in the United States.
Flowers are generally very high in antioxidants and important in ridding the body of free radicals. A tea of dried Apple blossoms may be consumed as a stress reliever, digestion aid or to clear complexion.
Visually as a garnish, Apple blossoms have a delicate and elegant appearance. Their sweet flavor also complements fruits like lemon, pear, apricot and quince, or other edible aromatic flowers such as rose, jasmine, and elderflower. Apple blossoms may be steeped as a tea, made into jelly or aged in vodka for an aromatic cordial.
Apple blossoms are just one of the many flowers that are used in Chinese herbal medicine. There their name is Pin Guo Hua and they are an integral part of maintaining the mind and body balance of Yin and Yang.
The apple tree as we know it today was most likely the result of a wild hybridization from species in central Asia. Evidence of the earliest edible apple was found in the Jordan Valley and dates back to 6,500 B.C. Apple trees thrive in loamy or heavy clay soils with adequate drainage and are most fruitful when planted full sun.
Recipes that include Apple Blossoms. One is easiest, three is harder.
|Chickens in the Road||Apple Blossom Jelly|
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Windrose FarmsNear Santa Monica, California, United States
Paso Robles, CA
About 697 days ago, 2/26/20
Sharer's comments : It's that time of year! Blossoms for the next month- Peach , Plum, Apple