ripening Pacific crabapple, ḴÁ¸EW̱ (SENĆOŦEN), Malus fusca

Pacific crabapple 2017 August 10 photograph taken jointly by Jan Steinman, Ecoreality Cooperative & Gordon Brent Brochu-Ingram, KEXMIN field station

ripening Pacific crabapple, ḴÁ¸EW̱ (SENĆOŦEN), Malus fusca

audio  (scroll to 372 & 373) * This is one of those very old words that is often similar in all of the 12 Salish languages.

This crabapple fruit is ripening quickly in the recent summer heat (after a late spring) and is roughly four to six weeks from maximum size (roughly twice the size of the fruit in this image) — along with  optimal sugar content and ‘crunch’. After that peak of ripeness, the crabapples will become soft and by late October will begin to drop — as well as the seed being dispersed through various fruit-eating birds and mammals.

location: Salt Spring Island on the north side of Beaver Point Road between King and Forest Ridge Roads