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Old 10-01-2018, 09:55 AM
 
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We called them Brain Apples when I was a kid. Used to play catch with it if we happened upon one.

We also threw Gingko nuts at one another. Blech!
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Old 11-13-2018, 12:21 PM
 
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Hedge Apple...Maclura Pomifera, as said above not recommended for eating.
OTHER COMMON NAMES: Osage Orange / Horse Apple / Monkey Ball
Why? Is it bad or harmful?
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Old 11-13-2018, 12:29 PM
 
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We called them Brain Apples when I was a kid. Used to play catch with it if we happened upon one.

We also threw Gingko nuts at one another. Blech!
we called them monkey brain fruit. the wood makes fantastic firewood but is so hard it's murder on a chainsaw chain.

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Why? Is it bad or harmful?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mXjEknWIe80

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Hedge apples, also known as osage oranges, are generally considered inedible. This is largely due to the unpalatable taste of its fruit despite its orange-like smell. However, hedge apples are non-poisonous. And those who can look past the hedge apple's bumpy, ugly exterior, eat its seeds.
https://www.hunker.com/13420336/how-to-eat-hedge-apples
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Old 11-13-2018, 02:23 PM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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Monkey brain trees!

They are fun to throw at each other.

Our township used to be known for them. There are still a half dozen or so that are 100 - 150 years old. They are massive. Nice looking trees but messy. Other than beaning your brother, there is not much use for the fruit that i know of. Recently I read someplace it was good for something, I think it was on Citydata. .
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Old 11-13-2018, 02:54 PM
 
Location: Floribama
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I read once that the fruit was likely eaten by some extinct creature. Maybe a sloth?

I tried planting a few and they didnít really grow all that well. I think they didnít care for the acidic soil down here.
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Old 11-14-2018, 12:24 PM
 
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we called them monkey brain fruit. the wood makes fantastic firewood but is so hard it's murder on a chainsaw chain.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mXjEknWIe80
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Hedge apples, also known as osage oranges, are generally considered inedible. This is largely due to the unpalatable taste of its fruit despite its orange-like smell. However, hedge apples are non-poisonous. And those who can look past the hedge apple's bumpy, ugly exterior, eat its seeds.
https://www.hunker.com/13420336/how-to-eat-hedge-apples
The actual fruit is bigger than what it seems in OP's picture.
Have you ever tried it?
What does the taste look like?
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Old 11-15-2018, 08:50 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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Osage Orange - Eat The Weeds and other things, too
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Old 11-16-2018, 05:38 AM
 
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Rumored to be disliked by spiders. Old wives' tale that putting Osage oranges in a basement will drive the spiders out. I don't know if it works or not.
<sigh>. I have yet to figure out a purpose for these and neither has any of the farmers in my area. Believe me, if a farmer can't find a way to re-purpose something, it is useless

1. Just because someone gave them the moniker of "horse apples", nothing could be further from the truth. Horses hate them, cows hate them, AND the trees/bushes grow HUGE thorny spikes that managed to puncture the front tires on our elderly farm tractor.

2. I also heard that spider retardant rumor so I spread some throughout the barn years ago. They don't work - not even after they start to rot

I am not one for cutting down any healthy tree but, after the cost of repairing tires for a farm tractor and see the cuts on one of my horses nose from diving for grass near that tree/bush, it got cut and burned.
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Old 11-16-2018, 09:25 AM
 
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Seems like I heard that if you cut up a hedge apple, and put it in various places, it will deter mice. So...you know...places like cabins, travel trailers...wherever mice are a problem.


(I don't know if it works or not. I haven't seen a hedge apple in ages.)
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Old 11-28-2018, 03:14 PM
 
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The actual fruit is bigger than what it seems in OP's picture.
Have you ever tried it?
What does the taste look like?
no, i've never tried it personally. never got that hungry

from silibran's link-

"To separate the edible seeds from mature fruit put the fruit in a bucket of water and wait until the fruit is soft, then separate the seeds out. This will be an aroma-filled process and not pleasant. Let’s just say starving would help."
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