Blackbird eating a crab apple in a garden in Wiltshire, United Kingdom
© Nick Upton/Minden Picture
Bobbing for crab apples. Bobbing for crab apples
It's apple season in the UK - the time for apple pie, apple cider, apple cake, caramel apples, or just biting into a fresh, crisp apple - especially one you picked yourself. There are more than 7,500 varieties of apples grown in the world, but this blackbird is enjoying a crab apple, which most people find a little sour to eat right off the tree. They do, however, work well for jam, apple butter, or even pie filling. The term 'crabapple' doesn’t refer to a specific species but is used for several types of small apples. In Celtic culture, crab apples are associated with love and marriage. Supposedly if you throw the seeds into a fire while saying the name of your love, the seeds explode if your love is true. We'd try it, but we're busy baking a pie.