OSAGE ORANGE DISPLAYED ON MY OUTDOOR "ALBERTA" CHAIR
Horse Apples or Hedge Apples are all common names for the Osage Orange tree fruit. Almost the size of a grapefruit these unusual looking fruit are associated with harvest themes this time of year. I saw a storefront window lined with them a couple days ago and almost walked in to ask if I could buy some. But then I thought why not go out looking along country roads for them. It was a cool sunny day and besides I could take my camera and catch a few photographs.
OSAGE ORANGE TREE
The Osage Orange tree belongs to the mulberry family. It's a deciduous tree, rather small, and makes great hedge rows in farmers fields.Unfortunately hedge rows in farmers field have all but disappeared Now I find Osage Orange along farm roadsides that have not been tempered with.
CLOSE-UP OF AN OSAGE ORANGE FRUIT
An old saying is to put an Osage Orange fruit under your bed to repel spiders and other insects. It's a saying that has proven to be scientifically true. Science has found that the Osage Orange repels several insect species as well as the commercial DEET that you find in stores.
Other parts of its attributes is that it has naturalized all over the U.S., its native origins trace back to historic times, has a lovely scent, and its wood is exceptionally hard and was used by the Osage Nation as well as the Comanches for their bows.
COUNTY ROAD WITH OSAGE ORANGE LINING THE RIGHT SIDE EDGE.
LOOK CLOSELY FOR THE YELLOW SPECKS.
Oh, one thing I forgot to say -- don't eat the fruit -- they are poisonous.