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Old 11-24-2010, 02:46 AM
 
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Is this even a fruit? They seem to be growing along an outdoor path in the park (out of picture) so not even sure if this is the right forum to post this in.






When I first saw them they appeared untouched and now it seems if they have either decayed or partially been eaten by small critters.
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Old 11-24-2010, 05:36 AM
 
Location: Bradenton, Florida
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I can't say that I've ever seen anything like that. Sorry.

At first, I thought it was a quince, until I saw the textured skin. And that texture isn't like that of the citrus fruits I've seen...it's quite an odd texture.
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Old 11-24-2010, 05:37 AM
 
Location: Bradenton, Florida
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Yahoo! Image Detail for - http://frankmcmahon.com/braintree/images/braintree1.jpg


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maclura_pomifera
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Old 11-24-2010, 06:28 AM
 
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Thank you.

From reading I gather only the seeds can be eaten and if the rest is tried it will cause vomiting. I guess the squirrels were trying to get at the seeds. I also live within the historical and natural range of this fruit so it is nice to learn about native fruits.
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Old 11-24-2010, 07:02 AM
 
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"Hedge Apple" or I've also heard it called Osage Orange.

I know they're all over Ohio (at least the Western half) up into Michigan.

THe fruit is HUGE and makes a "thunk" noise when it falls and hits the ground. Apparently squirrels love it, and a coworker who has a giant tree in his back yard claims the deer are frequently seen back there by the fruit pile.

There's a claim that you can bring the fruits inside and it will repel insects. Not sure about that one.

Cool looking - in a giant green brain sort of way!
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Old 11-24-2010, 08:49 AM
 
Location: Visitation between Wal-Mart & Home Depot
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The fruit of the Bois D'arc tree. As previously mentioned, it may be commonly referred to as an Osage Orange or Hedge Apple. In Texas, often Horse Apple. Also commonly used by Texas adolescent males for throwing at cars, windows, opossums and rival troops of adolescent males.

Before barbwire became widely utilized, Bois D'Arc hedges were often grown as living fences. It was said to be "Horse high, bull strong and hog tight" five years after seeding. I know a guy who makes incredibly beautiful and ornate smoking pipes out of Bois D'Arc granular root stock, just FYI.
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Old 11-24-2010, 10:58 AM
 
Location: Little Rock AR USA
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And the Caddo Indians made bows from the very hard wood for themselves and also used it as trade goods. The French explorers saw this use and gave it the French name.
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Old 11-25-2010, 06:34 PM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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I don't think anyone has said that they smell like oranges. Very attractive and fragrant in the house until they start to rot. I'm not sure if it's true that they repel spiders, but I have heard this too.
They are very common in NE Ohio, too.
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Old 11-28-2010, 10:05 AM
 
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We have those all over Missouri. And hey, it is not just young males that like to throw them, girls do it too!. We used to use them as a substitute for real softball or tennis ball. I've actually seen grocery stores in S. Dakota sell these things. I just leave them for the critters and they actually disappear pretty quickly when not in the city from where the suburbs have been build along old hedge rows.

I'd like to plant a fence row of them just to see if the old addage of "high as a horse/strong as a bull" is really true. 70+ yr. old Osage Orange trees are beautiful, IMO. I love the bark and the orangish hue of the trunks. They are as graceful, or more so, than an old elm tree.

http://www.gardenguides.com/109522-u...ge-fruits.html

http://www.ipm.iastate.edu/ipm/hortn...edgeapple.html
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Old 12-01-2010, 09:15 AM
 
Location: Edmond, OK
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Yeah they are all over Texas, and it hurts like crazy when one hits you in the back! Refer to post #6.
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