Cherry Apples


I’ve been seeing these cute, little apples since 2013. These are called cherry apples. Most cherry apples I have seen are peddled on the streets in big wooden carts. You”ll find them flooding the markets and streets of Quiapo and Divisoria around late October through November, with prices ranging from Php 50.00-Php 80.00 for a kilo. I don’t exactly know what type of apples they are, but the vendors call them cherry apples because, I assume, they look like cherries in shape and size. I’m also unsure, but I think I heard that they came from China. A little search online says they’re actually type of wild crab apples found in Northern Asia, and that they’re used to make preserves and jelly.

The first time I bought some back in 2013, I got a kilo and they all were pretty good. A little tart with a hint of sweetness.The next time I bought was in 2014, and they tasted the same, but the batch I bought last year (in photo) was really sour. It was so sour, it wasn’t edible. On the bright side, at least they looked pretty enough to be photographed.


So instead of eating them, I just snapped away and chucked them in fridge where they were almost forgotten until they had to be chucked in the bin because they were starting to rot. I wish I’ve thought of researching about cherry apples before writing this post.I would have made some jam out of it had I known, despite its sourness, that it still had some culinary use.

Cherry apples. Cute. Sometimes sweet; most times sour.