Most wild apples look enough like domestic apples that the
survivor can easily recognize them. Wild apple varieties are
much smaller than cultivated kinds; the largest kinds usually
do not exceed 5 to 7.5 centimeters in diameter, and most often
less. They have small, alternate, simple leaves and often have
thorns. Their flowers are white or pink and their fruits reddish
Habitat and Distribution
They are found in the savanna regions of the tropics. In temperate
areas, wild apple varieties are found mainly in forested areas.
Most frequently, they are found on the edge of woods or in fields.
They are found throughout the Northern Hemisphere.
Prepare wild apples for eating in the same manner as cultivated
kinds. Eat them fresh, when ripe, or cooked. Should you need
to store food, cut the apples into thin slices and dry them.
They are a good source of vitamins.
Apple seeds contain cyanide compounds. Do not eat.
Not normally found too deep in the wilderness, wild apples
aren't a great survival food. Still, they can be a nice snack
when you're hiking near old homesteads and ghost towns.