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      How to make hot crab apple and chilli jelly

      This crab apple jelly is a tasty accompaniment to sausages or cold meats, and delicious on toast and crumpets too.

      Crab apple jelly. ? Anita Peeples/Getty

      Crab apples are smaller and sharper than cultivated apples, and may be green, yellow or red in colour.

      Their bitter, dry-tasting nature makes them unpalatable to eat but their intense apple flavour works well in many recipes, including drinks and jams.

      From a health perspective, crab apples are a natural antioxidant and high in vitamin C.

      Their seeds and core and naturally high in pection making them useful to set jellies and jams.

      Keeps for about 1 year. Refrigerate once upon and use within 1 month.

      Crab apples. ? Nick Baranov/Getty
      Crab apples. ? Nick Baranov/Getty


      • Crab apples 600g, washed and chopped [I like to use red-skinned ones as they give the jelly an amazing colour]
      • Chillies 35g, chopped
      • Water 1 litre
      • Lemon juice from 1 lemon
      • Caster sugar 500g


      • Step 1

        Put the chopped apples, chillies, lemon juice and water in a heavy-bottomed pan. Bring to the boil and simmer for about 30 minutes, until the apples become pulpy.

      • Step 2

        Strain through a jelly bag or muslin square overnight. Don’t be tempted to squeeze the pulp – this would make your jelly cloudy.

      • Step 3

        Measure the juice into a pan. For every 500ml of juice add 300g of caster sugar. Bring slowly to the boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar.?Keep a rolling boil going for 10-15 minutes until setting point has been reached.

      • Step 4

        Cool slightly, skim away any scum that forms on top of your jelly, pour into sterilised jars and seal tightly with screw-top lids.

        Crab apple jelly. ? Jay Scott/Getty
        Crab apple jelly. ? Jay Scott/Getty

      This is a recipe from The Hedgerow Apothecary: Recipes, Remedies and Rituals by Christine Iverson, published by Summersdale, £14.99.

      The Hedgerow Apothecary

      Main image: Crab apple jelly. ? Anita Peeples/Getty