Crabapples are native to the temperate regions of North America, but they've won favor among certain immigrants from tropical Southeast and South Asia, too. In season, the crisp, tart, juicy fruits are widely available at Cambodian markets in Lowell, Massachusetts, generally accompanied by a bindle of seasoned salt.
At this boardwalk festival on Staten Island's South Beach, a Sri Lankan stall sold bags of rosy fruits that proved to contain tiny, inconsequential seeds. One could flick away the stubble of the flower end and bite the fruit entire, withholding only the stem. Seasoning was not included, but an Indonesian blend awaited the apples that made the trip back home.
Festival food was also available from a Filipino restaurant and market and a Chinese stall, but the broadest and most interesting selection, crabapples included, was assembled as a fundraiser by the ladies' guild of the Staten Island Buddhist Vihara. Also shown: string hoppers with coconut sambol and fish curry; an achcharu, which depending on the diner's gusto is a condiment or a salad, in this case comprising green mango, pineapple, and olives; the festival, except for a correspondingly small tented performance area; South Beach.
Staten Island Asian Fest
On the boardwalk near Sand Ln., South Beach, Staten Island
(The 2015 festival was held on August 15)