The crab apple trees at Minute Man Visitor Center in Lexington are in full bloom! Not only are they lovely to look at, the crab apple trees tell a story that is rooted in the North American landscape from which they spring.
The only apple trees native to the United States, they produce a small, hard, sour fruit that Native Americans appreciated and appropriated, and that, for newly arrived colonists from England, proved especially good in jellies and cider.
Over time, settlers from England brought their favorite customs and fruit trees with them, supplanting but never eradicating crab apple trees. Today, they remain part of the landscape and the story here at Minute Man National Historical Park.
Article and photos by Neil Lynch, Community Ambassador for Freedom's Way National Heritage Area and Friends of Minute Man National Park.