Though haw apples are usually a winter specialty, when spring and summer come round vendors like this pop up on street corners all over China selling the yummy, sticky, sweet sugar-coated fruits to finish up last year's crop. They're like toffee apples but better 'cos you get four or five of them on one stick, the slightly sour apple a perfect balance to sweet crunch. Mmm mmm... (Continues after the jump... )
They say an apple a day keeps the doctor away and haw apples (shan zha, 山楂) are jam-packed with vitamin C. They play an important role in TCM, hailed particularly as a remedy for the stomach pain caused by over-indulgence in fatty, rich foods, but sadly, ones like these coated in sugar are more likely to be part of the cause rather than the cure!
Many thanks to Flickr user Diego, a.k.a. Xi'an back in August 2009—check out his Flickr photostream for more!