’Maypole’, sometimes know as the ‘Crabapple‘, from England as a pollination tree. It is characterized by a strong red and acidity, has a very sour taste which makes it quite suitable for cooking just like the ‘cooking apples (British Bramley Apples) . Nevertheless, they are about 5cm (2~3 inches) in size, cute and adorable.
‘Maypole’ also means a painted pole, decorated with flowers, round which people traditionally dance on May Day, holding long ribbons that are attached to the top of the pole, so the actual tree must resemble the colorful pole which I presume the name originated from. Although I’ve never seen the actual treee as these fruits came from my dear sister living in Nagano prefecture (one of the most beautiful prefectures in Japan as per my personal opinion).