Wickson Crab was developed by Albert Etter, an apple enthusiast best-known for his work on pink-fleshed and red-fleshed apples.  Wickson was the result of crossing two other crab apple varieties.

Wickson is unusually sweet, but at the same time has a strong acid component.  The result is an apple which has a very strong flavor, making it an excellent component for cider blends.