Crunchy Crab Apple Salsa


Crab Apples. Maybe we can’t grow mangos in Calgary, but man, can we grow crab apples. While we dare to say that most of the apples end up on the grass feeding rabbits, many DIY-ers can be found making jelly, juice and sauce. When it comes to local food, we have a winner!

A fresh and unique use for these little bites is Crab Apple Salsa. The tang of lime and apples with the sweetness of honey and peppers is a welcome flavour in tacos, especially with a sweetened pulled meat, rich teriyaki chicken or a bean or walnut vegetarian mix. Add a smoky tasting cheese and you have a food truck in your kitchen!

What is salsa really?  While tomato, onion, lime and cilantro are a familiar combo, the base for salsa fresca (fresh salsa such as what we are making here) can be made from mangos, peaches, nectarines, cucumber, all types of melons, tomatillos… use your imagination. Additions to salsa might be corn, beans, avocado, zucchini, olives, kale or sweet potatoes.

Salsa-like creations can be found in every food culture. Think Italian bruschetta, Indian chutney or even Spanish tapenade.  And if cilantro isn’t your flavour, what about basil, mint or fennel?  We could have a salsa challenge and never have the same combination twice.

When you make your own food there is no need for preservatives or plastic packaging plus you have the chance to eat with the season and use the best quality ingredients that you can find.


 Crab Apple Salsa

  • 1 heaping cup diced crab apples (slice each side off of the little apple core and give a rough chop – quick and easy)
  • 1/2 cup diced yellow or orange bell pepper – local green house peppers are amazing in Calgary!
  • 1/4 cup diced onion (white, sweet or red all work)
  • 1/4 cup diced cilantro
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • juice from one lime
  • 1.5 tsp Alberta honey (or to taste)
  • pinch salt

Just stir it all together, cover and refrigerate for anywhere from 30 minutes to 6 hours and adjust any flavours before serving.  Enjoy!

For other great DIY food ideas, visit the Amaranth Blog or get your own inspiration while perusing our meal inspiring aisles on 4th Street SW or NW in Arbour Lake.

Text and photos by Amy Buckman, Community Ambassador, Amaranth Stores

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