If you live in a part of America where winter is something to be endured, where layering is less a fashion statement than a climate necessity, you probably have crab apple trees somewhere. You may have wondered about what they're good for, besides looking pretty. Even at the SAVEUR office, where a number of us grew up in cold places, we were a little at a loss. The hard, knobby fruits are just too tannic and bitter to eat fresh, and cooking with them is a challenge. One editor's father had a go-to thing to do with crab apples—as a kid, he and his pals would hurl them at each other in a particularly cruel form of snowball-fight-meets-dodgeball-in-warmer-weather—not that we'd endorse that sort of thing.