If girlfriend Google “Osage Orange” or “Maclura pomifera” (mak-LOOR-uh pom-EE-fer-uh) (in 2009) you’ll acquire some 50,000 hits.

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* roughly 49,997 the those sites will certainly tell you the Osage Orange is not edible. Two of three continuing to be sites, here and also the one below, will say the is edible. The 3rd one reports us say it is edible but we must be wrong.


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Osage Orange Seeds


In every fairness, not every one of the fruit is edible. Only the seeds are. In fact, the Osage Orange that is closely related come the Mulberries, i m sorry we carry out eat, and also the document Mulberry which also has an edible fruit. But, 99.999999% of the net sites claims it is not edible. Why? 2 reasons. Someone a lengthy time ago said the fruit was no edible, and also the net is mainly cut and paste wrong. I have actually truly end up being disgusted v sites choose Wikipedia regarding the inaccurate information about plant edibility.


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Fruit is no edible


It was from Jim Mason, a naturalist through the good Plains Nature center in Wichita Kansas, that ns learned the seeds were edible. Castle taste somewhat like raw sunflower seeds. Not poor for one inedible fruit though he does speak it takes a many work to acquire the seeds, and he’s right. The Osage Orange grows in Florida — I know where there is one in Jacksonville. I have visited it numerous times. However, the tree grow in variety in the mid-west, being part of the 1930’s reclamation process. That is, or was, the most intentionally planted tree in the joined States. Its native selection is a swath to run from east Texas up into Oklahoma and parts of west Arkansas. It grows in 39 states and Washington DC, excluding the coldest and or driest areas, such together the high plain states and upper brand-new England. Additionally found in Canada, the “invasive” in Italy and approaching invasive in Spain.

To separate the edible seeds from maturation fruit put the fruit in a bucket of water and wait until the fruit is soft, then separate the seeds out. This will certainly be an aroma-filled process and no pleasant. Let’s just say starving would help.


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William Maclure, 1763-1840


Also dubbed Hedgeapples, the Osage Orange obtained some of its reputation from killing livestock. However careful examination shows the pets usually suffocated ~ above the large fruit. That acquired translated into “toxic.” yet one breed cub feeding study found no far-ranging chemical problems with the Osage Orange. As for the seeds, bird and small mammals have appreciated them for a long time. Squirrels seem particularly fond the ripping right into one.

While the edibility of the Osage Orange has actually been maligned for decades, its usefulness together a tree has actually not. That was and also still is esteemed because that making bows. In fact, some bow makers think the Osage Orange’s timber for bows is remarkable to the Yew Tree, i m sorry is usually held up to be the standard standard. The lumber is turned right into various products or offered to make guitars. The bark also furnishes a yellow dye and tannins.

Botanically, the Osage Orange, Maclura pomifera, was called for a Scottish-born semi-American geologist named William Maclure (1763-1840.) the moved approximately a lot therefore calling him an American is a little iffy. Pomifera method bearing apples.

 Green Deane’s “Itemized” plant Profile


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Graphic courtesy the the great Plains Nature Center


IDENTIFICATION: Tree come 40 feet and also 20 inches diameter, often with a brief thick trunk and also numerous short branches. Bark gray to yellow-brown, thick, split into small forking ridges, typically with hard sharp spines come one customs at leaf base. Sap thick, white, sticky. Pipeline alternate, ovate, 2 to five inches long, one to three inches wide. Fruit large yellow-green knobby balls to five inches in diameter.

TIME the YEAR: Fruit, smelling faintly that orange, in so late summer, fall.

ENVIRONMENT: Bottom lands that are often inundated through water, combined with other hardwoods, and also interspersed v prairie, and also grow where moderately dry together well.

METHOD that PREPARATION: seeds raw or roasted

*The original post was written in august 2009. Since then the number of hits has increased native 50,000 come 1.5 million (Sept 2014) and also I think currently a couple of more sites to speak the seeds are edible. One addition to make. I learned that a study that was searching for old homesteads to excavate in the midwest. They initially thought of utilizing old wells together a feasible homestead locator but found old Osage Orange tree were more indicative that a former homestead nearby. That states something around the usefulness of the tree. 


Not delightful tasting, yet not terrible either. Ever eat a real orange and also bite right into a seed prior to you have the right to spit that out? That’s what Osage-orange seed taste like. It’s a pains in the butt to acquire to them, and also a god-awful chaos too, alternately slippery and very sticky, a genuine mess. Wikipedia describes the juice that the fruit as a “latex”, and also that’s the truth. Even after lot of handwashes, that is exceptionally sticky, and also god aid you, if you obtain it under your fingernails.

The reason I found this website is because I simply ate part seeds around 5 hrs ago, and also truly acquired a little of a euphoric “trip”. I’m top top the internet now, to uncover out what the heck simply happened to me! follow to the USDA write-up top top the fruit, it is every edible, not simply the seeds, yet truthfully I would certainly not recommend it, simply since it is non-yummy.

I ate three seeds, top top an empty stomach, and at around 200 pounds i am, simply to give you part idea the “dosage” here. Around 45 minutes after ingestion, started noticing the something feel funny. I obtained a tight-and-floaty feeling throughout the forehead, a tiny tingling on lips and also mouth. The forehead feeling, I recognized that, from college days. An initial thing the heralds the start of a ‘shroom’ pilgrimage is that emotion on the forehead.

About an hour and a fifty percent after eat them, my cheeks felt numb and it seemed prefer my feeling of smell got really sharp. Slight dizziness, feel giddy and sleepy at the same time, and also that’s yes, really the meaning of “euphoria”. Briefly had a runny nose, however it to be a 40-degree day, so probably that’s what led to the wet nose?

No trouble v balance or engine skills, just a little “loopy” choose I’d had actually too much coffee, but without the jitters that caffeine causes. After around 2 and also a half hours, the euphoria began to fade and I stopped yawning, and also now, almost five hrs after, ns feel completely normal. No upset stomach, no pains or any other lasting next effects, so far anyway!

As a whole, it was a reasonably pleasant experience.

Now, after analysis on the ‘net for a while, uncovered that the fruit and also seeds have actually mild anti-bacterial properties, and also have very solid flavanoid compounds, which are a course of high-powered anti-oxidants. Likewise read that part compounds in Osage-orange fruit space under examination for the most necessary anti-oxidant characteristic: staying clear of cancer!

You probably heard about anti-oxidants in red wine and dark chocolate and broccoli, and recently Nestle has done experimentation on a drink castle concocted which is giant stuffed with assorted flavanoids. The news is the the drink had a remarkable impact of boosting memory in entrants of the study, but Nestle has more testing come do and also doesn’t suppose to start selling the stuff because that a couple of more years.

Now that ns just obtained an yes, really “buzz” indigenous Osage-orange seeds, I’d speak skip that glass of bordeaux and 80% cacao bar, just offer me a handful of monkeyball seeds… currently if only they could make ’em taste like chocolate, LOL.

Well that’s it, I’m turn off to more ‘net reading, to uncover out simply what compounds are in the Osage-orange seeds and also find out what offered me a 2-1/2 hour euphoria. Honestly, that was totally unexpected. I simply ate them because a friend discovered one top top the side of the road and we didn’t recognize what the hell it was, but googled it and Mr. Goog stated the seeds were edible.

If something’s edible, I’m an omnivore, so I’ll eat it. However now, I’m nice darn interested in finding the end more!


ReplyApril RowlandNovember 4, 2017, 2:48 pm

I to be considering do a jam from Osage oranges. Admittedly, because of the details I have actually seen speak “freeze the fruit then pull it the end a grate turn off a tablespoon a pair of times a day at eat the -+- as a possible cure for cancer”. Ns don’t have actually cancer, but I am thinking that it can be a good preventative… for this reason why no make that palletable by adding cinnamon, sugar, and also a short sugar pectin..making a jam? well maybe since even with much less sugar in the jam, it would certainly cancel out the services of the cancer fighting strength of the Osage??? i don’t know, is it choose eating handle trash foods and then taking vitamins… Can’t hurt but probably isn’t worth the effort… What execute you think? ns am asking for her opinion as result of your an answer which resonated with me. What’s her gut say?


ReplyRhondaNovember 8, 2017, 9:32 pm

Cancer feeds on sugar. So putting sugar in the recipe would be beating the purpose. Carry out your homework because huge pharmacy makes big money off of sugar. Suggestion…use natural pectin.


Replybgbdbill67September 22, 2020, 12:43 am

Pectin no a sweetener it’s a fiber that thickens jams and also jellies.So ns confused as to why it should be offered to replace the sugar. Additionally cancer feeds top top sugar? No the feeds ~ above you!


ReplyGreen DeaneOctober 6, 2020, 10:29 am

Actually restricting street — the is simple carbs — is a successful treatment for some cancers. Over there is a growing school of medical thought the sugar undoubtedly does feed plenty of cancers.


andrew smithJanuary 2, 2018, 4:59 am

I just read an post on one Australian news site about Jackfruit that looks prefer a gigantic stretched Hedge apple, so ns did a rapid bit that research and also they share both the mulberry and moraceae family members names. The Jackfruit tree additionally has orange wood offered as a dye. The factor for my short article is the the Jackfruit is at the moment the latest fad in vegetarian meat substitute dishes roughly the world its flavour lacking flesh absorbs spice, herbs etc. And has a meat texture. Suggest being if hedge apologize flesh might live approximately jackfruit as an edible different to meat, well the skies the border for the scorned, friendless, tiny hedge apple hehehe x


ReplyMurphDecember 29, 2011, 3:52 pm

Where I provided to live in western Pennsylvania, the Amish market the fruit together a spider repellent. We provided to store the fruit in paper bags in every room of the house and discard as quickly as the fruit began leaking into the paper. Supposedly the fruit ripening gave off a gas the repels the little buggers. Observed very couple of spiders in the house.


ReplyBradyAugust 6, 2013, 11:08 pm

I have heard that the fruit are offered in Asia for the same purpose… yet never checked out it v my very own eyes.


ReplyMellyNovember 18, 2013, 11:30 pm

Brady,

Where in Asia is it sold?

Thanks.Melly


ReplyTheresaDecember 6, 2019, 8:51 pm

Yes you can eat this in little doses. I live in Kentucky. Mine mother and I both have cancer and also I understand several people that have done what we space doing and also the tumors space gone. No we execute not eat the seeds. We freeze these and also then grind the shell and also all come the creamy white center a tiny at a time. We were said no much more than a table spoon a day. Lock taste choose cucumber to some and honey dew Mellon to others. Much more than this amount can reason diarrhea. Yet I will say I think it does kill cancer cells. That is high in B17. I know civilization who space in remission. For this reason we are doing this and also we are not gaining high or noble from it.


ReplyDezso FalabuJanuary 8, 2012, 3:06 pm

I saw hedge apologize for first some 30 years back at the local botanic garden, and also i really chosen the trees v the large yellowish balls. Later on it appeared that it is not only nice yet one the the best wood because that bow making. Wow! The hunt because that the seed started and also ended up with a steal ball. ( i confess) For some some factor the messy frosty watery workup did not bring any type of seedlings at all. Ultimately i discovered a ar where i might get 30 centimeter “almost trees” native a nursery. Quite thorny ingredient 25 the that. The osage conquered Hungary, Szeged. I’ll be earlier with its taste ~ the first harvest.


ReplyShuge SmithJanuary 13, 2012, 12:48 pm

Did friend buy yours native cold stream farm? ns was considering act so, exactly how did they look? Thanks.


ReplyTonyaOctober 4, 2019, 9:09 pm

Was go trail today found strange fruit. Will go ago tomorrow to pick up more. Love learning around odd green ball native tree near me


ReplyJonApril 13, 2012, 1:00 am

I’ve been looking for the answer come the concern of Osage Orange farming in Florida… and also you have answered it for me! Thanks! now I have an additional question. I live in Pensacola and have to be trying to uncover a Osage Orange tree for some time. Carry out you understand of any type of up here or what type of locations should ns be spring in for me to uncover one? say thanks to you because that your assist and great website.

-Jon


ReplyGreen DeaneApril 14, 2012, 5:35 pm

A couple of hundred mile north of friend they are epidemic.


ReplyCharles day SuttonApril 28, 2014, 3:22 pm

I live in Jacksonville. Don’t understand where any are.


ReplyDaveOctober 7, 2012, 12:01 pm

I’ve acquired several farming in the earlier yard, in Marianna, FL, around 250 mi. West that you. It is in glad to send you some “oranges” for this reason you deserve to plant some new ones. You pay the postage. Reasonably slow growing trees.They do have nasty thorns as soon as they prosper a bit. They go right through the sole of a sneaker, and also into your foot.


ReplyKatie SpenceAugust 10, 2013, 2:27 am

Wow…I live in Ponce de Leon, 40 mile west of you. Happy to hear the they grow in this area. Ns am in the woods and have heard the neither spiders or roaches prefer osage. Ns would prefer to buy a few from girlfriend to plant on my property. Thanks…


ReplypeachesJuly 9, 2014, 10:57 pm

Hello everybody im right here in memphis execute anybody understand someone that has actually a orange tree n have the right to send me some u guys r bless just 2 obtain up in go the end n your own yard in acquire oranges at any time u you re welcome awww guy im for this reason jealous.


ReplyNoreenSeptember 1, 2015, 8:41 am

Peaches, i live just north the Memphis. Walk you uncover the oranges you were in search of last year? We have actually a tree up right here that is dropping them favor crazy ideal now.


ReplyGinaBApril 21, 2012, 3:33 am

I love my Hedge apologize trees here in AR!! (Growing up in OK, we referred to as them horse Apples.) Yes, castle are all over the place here. I shot to defend the people that ns have. Besides me loving them and also the fruit…I like a tree that’s strong! They carry out snacks because that the squirrels and deer the visit below plus part entertainment for my kids!

And I have tried frozen shavings that the hedge apple v no okay effects. It to be were very mildly sweet in one earthy kind of way. The was daily for number of weeks critical fall and I’m quiet here!


ReplyArienJuly 16, 2014, 9:54 am

How execute you eat itYou eat the seed only or the fruit has edible part

I have actually a huge tree in the yard and also it has thousands of big green fruits. Few are fall on the ground because of weight.


ReplyJohnMay 1, 2012, 10:43 pm

These tree are also know as bois d’arc (pronounced like: boaw dark). This is French and the French explorers provided it this name; meaning bow wood. They had actually noticed that the indians made your bows native it.

I currently live in Kansas and everyone here calls that Osage orange yet where I thrived up in Oklahoma everyone called it bois d’arc — only they pronounced it bodark.


ReplyDwayneMay 7, 2012, 10:36 am

Question worrying the edibility the this plant. You suggest that the seed are the just edible portion of the fruit.

Is the rest of the fruit poisonous or simply bad tasting making that unpalatable because that any type of consumption?

In your short article you discussed the amount of mis-information top top the Internet and also I perform not to trust what I have actually read so far. The factor I asking is that i was contemplating a jelly experiment, yet not certain if it would be a poison experiment or not.


ReplyEsty ClarkSeptember 4, 2012, 4:22 pm

I have actually heard the if you reduced up the fruit right into pieces and put about your house or external it will keep cockroaches away


ReplyGreen DeaneSeptember 4, 2012, 6:26 pm

I’ve review the same.


ReplyBuddy HendrckSeptember 18, 2012, 10:05 pm

Looking for a identify answer as to whether the osage orange is edible or not. Give thanks to you


ReplyChrisJune 19, 2013, 4:38 pm

Very edible. Ns eat lock everyday. The tastes alot choose a soft cucumber.Not to cite they are great for her health. Thanks.


ReplyGeorgeJune 22, 2013, 9:55 am

how execute you prepare them to eat I simply planted three new trees and also looking for assist as come what to execute with them. I understand if there is a fruit part one has determined how to usage it


ReplyMellyNovember 17, 2013, 8:19 pm

Freeze. When it is hard enough, grate it v cheese grater, i use the fine grater. Eat one tsp a work if you room not sick. One tablespoon three times a work if you have serious ailment. There was an anecdotal account the a male ate 18 hedgeapples, and also after i beg your pardon his severe ailment disappeared.

Too bad, the mulling log cabin accounts of its use and cure testimonials have been bring away down.

Melly


ReplyRita S. SimOctober 6, 2012, 1:48 pm

My husband carried home this strange green “brain” fruit as huge as an orange about a mainly ago. Ns finally cut it open up today, (took numerous tries!) and also it was sooooo sticky! choose latex ugh…hard to get off. No large seed in the middle, however a few very tiny seeds the looked prefer pumpkin seeds. The odor was simply a green, new smell. After analysis all about the Osage tree and also where that is located, ns would favor to announce we have actually at least one tree in Dalton GA!


ReplyGanel BryanOctober 13, 2012, 11:20 pm

I live in country Bama and I see numerous these fruit on trees and also on the ground. That is tough for me to think that they aren’t edible. Castle look so much like the breadfruit native the islands except they have seeds. I haven’t cut any of lock open due to the fact that I didn’t recognize what lock were.


ReplyVictoria RhineJune 1, 2013, 12:45 am

HI Ganel,what season room hedge to apologize in ‘Bama? i am interested in having some the the fruit….will pay every expenses. Email me. Ns am in dire straights to discover the fruit.thank you.Victora


Replyjames lucasNovember 10, 2013, 4:55 pm

I have hundreds of these items. I dislike them and would be glad to sendyou all you want, simply let me know


ReplyThuyJanuary 19, 2014, 7:08 pm

James Lucas if you can send me some. I will certainly pay for postage. This is tough to find and CA doesn’t have any. Ns would substantially appreciate it. I’ve check out it is good for cancer together a family members member was freshly diagnosed with the angry cancer. Give thanks to you in advance


ReplyMICHELLE HEANEYJune 19, 2014, 10:03 pm

I would certainly LOVE TO have actually SOME FRIUT allow ME KNOW exactly how MUCH come SEND come FL. And I will PAY. THANKS


ReplyMaryFebruary 17, 2020, 1:24 pm

Hi , the surname of this fruit pertained to me in a monster dream. My dead uncle called me about it. He provided it to me in Spanish together the “naranja de nudo”. I looked that up and also to my surprise it exists and also I uncovered out the goes by various other names, the Osage orange and also hedge apple amongst other names. As soon as I looked it increase it claims it treats the disease my ex husband has “ascites come the liver” which deserve to turn come a liver cancer. I’m so astonish about this revelation in a dream and that the fruit exists and also about his illness!


ReplyCamilleOctober 24, 2012, 9:01 pm

I know world who have actually been utilizing the fruit together a insect repellent for their house for many years, and also they swear by it. I’ve to be to your home during each of the seasons and also never once seen any type of kind of bug or spider in it, lot less any kind of other sort of pest! They location them a few feet apart all roughly the exterior perimeter of their house and also property each year (or maybe twice a year, I’m not sure…).I live in Pensacola, FL, and also have family in body Christi, TX. Ns am desperately in search of a resource in both places, as we’d really much favor to start using the osage oranges. (An extreme phobia the any and also all cockroaches/palmetto bugs/whatever you want to call them is a salient allude here!) It’s obvious to me the they work far better than any bug spray, chemical, or electronic deterrent we’ve ever tried! let me understand if you deserve to help, please! Thanks!


ReplyJasonNovember 20, 2013, 4:15 pm

For deterring cockroaches…I’ve check out catnip (nepeta cataria) is very effective. Osage apples may work also, however the least amount of sugar or smell of rotting fruit could just attract them.


ReplyJudy MullinsNovember 13, 2012, 9:58 pm

This attach was just sent come me, and i cannot save from leaving my comments. Hedgeapples room edible, and NO, they room not poisonous. Lock taste a tiny like cucumbers. The most an useful use for hedgeapples, is the capability to prevent cancerous growths. I have been either eating or acquisition a hedgeapple capsule for 7 or 8 years now to aid prevent cancer. I personally know several human being who have actually been CURED of cancer by eating the hedgeapple. If ns was called i had cancer, i would certainly not take chemo. I would just twin up on mine hedgeapple intake. The ingredient uncovered in hedgeapples is dubbed tetrahydroxystilbene. Look the up, studies have proven the this ingredient reduce cancer cells. Nope the pharmaceutical companies or medical professionals won’t tell you around this. They can’t figure out exactly how to placed a price tag on it. There’s too lot money in cancer research.


ReplyBarb WilliamsJanuary 23, 2013, 3:00 am

Where do you gain hedgeapple pills at? I have actually never heard of this.I live in Kansas and also there room hedge trees anywhere in central East Kansas , say roughly Lawrence. They to be planted together fence rows earlier in the beforehand days, and also they yes, really don’t prefer them here now and some farmers just reduced them down. They usage the tree for fence posts and also even burn the wood, however it sparks really negative . The hedge balls just fall on the ground as no one provides them and have no usage for them. If girlfriend drive under a country road as soon as the hedge apples space ripe, friend will watch them laying in the ditches. I have actually heard the some people put the hedge balls about their residence or basement to keep bugs away, yet that’s all. Mostly, world don’t favor the trees anymore due to the fact that they have actually humongous thorns and will go appropriate through her shoe and also even a tire!I have never heard the anyone eat the hedge ball.


Replybill willeyJanuary 23, 2014, 10:27 pm

i have hedge apologize capsuls and also get you any type of amount the you need


Replyjimmy walkerMarch 5, 2013, 11:45 pm

Can you tell me wherein I can get hedgeapples this time that year or whereby I have the right to buy the capsules. My wife has actually stage IV colon cancer and also decided to prevent the 2nd round the chemotherapy – didn’t think she can live with the 2nd round! her reply will be substantially appreciated.


ReplyChrisJune 19, 2013, 4:29 pm

Please go to (a currently defunct website) and also search for the hedgeapple cancer cure. Over there are people on there the freeze them and will send them to you for simply the cost of shipping. Additionally tell she to shot 2 teaspoons of baking soda mixed with deer park water double a day. When you obtain the hedge apples, make sure she eats as much as possible for 6-8 weeks. Ns am NO DOCTOR, so take my information for what it’s worth. Simply trying come help. I pray her wife renders a hasty recovery.


ReplyDebbieJuly 19, 2013, 3:22 pm

Can you tell me whereby you gain the hedge apple capsules? I have actually been looking. I had actually cancer removed from my bladder last year and also am interested providing this a try.


ReplyTim ShroutNovember 6, 2013, 12:01 pm

There need to be fact to Judy’s story. They have withing the last few months pulled she website. I am make the efforts to uncover out exactly how to dry and capsule the fruit since I find the taste unappealing however now can uncover nothing about it top top the internet….seems someone has been pulling the plug on websites that case the hedgeapples deserve to cure cancer. What has happened come this country’s best to free speech!!!!


ReplyMellyNovember 17, 2013, 9:36 pm

Judy,

Should taking the hedge apple be pulsed? definition taking it three weeks then one week off, then three weeks again, climate one week turn off again, etc.? execute you pulse her hedge to apologize in take?

Many many thanks Judy.

Melly


ReplyChristopher WanjekNovember 19, 2012, 10:31 am

A tale of two oranges…

I gave the osage orange a shot this year. I can attest that the seeds are hard to remove. Ns picked up around 10 osage oranges from the ground. Ns got better at seed removal by the 3rd piece that fruit through slicing castle vertically to make about five or six thick, ring slices. Then I offered my thumbs to press out the seeds right into a colander. Then ns washed them. The challenge was the time and mess. The white, pulpy substance became quite sticky — superglue strength, holding mine fingers together — and also took much cleaning with pumice soap come remove.

And all for what? i dried and roast the seeds. They tasted ok; but for me, the labor wasn’t precious the little yield and mundane taste.

Also this year, though, ns tried Poncirus trifoliata, additionally called bitter orange or continuous orange. These certainly were precious it. As explained at “Plants because that a Future,” ns let castle sit for about two weeks, which somehow made lock juicier. Yet then ns was on my very own to number out exactly how to eat them. I reduced two or three at a time and squeezed the pulp, juice and also seeds right into a tea pot; included boiling water; permit cool come room temperature; strained and also drank. Delicious. I’d define it together a lemony grapefruit juice.

Bottom line, I’ll continue to respect the osage orange but will leaving it alone. And also I’ll be certain to harvest far an ext bitter oranges next year.

-chris


ReplyHeatherDecember 2, 2012, 7:10 am

I to be just presented to this fruit yesterday and the winter farmer’s market in Wisconsin as soon as a man provided my daughter one and told us about it. It has such a wonderful, earthy, fresh, fruity smell. Is there a means to make it into potpourri or use the scent for soap? I simply read some firm is utilizing the significance as a natural pest repellent. I’m not sure if that method mosquitoes, but I’d love any type of ideas for transforming this right into something useful.


ReplyMike ConroyDecember 3, 2012, 12:18 pm

Good day to you Deane, and to all your readers.

Mama always said… or Uncle Ed said… or Grandma said… yet someone always said about the Hedge…

The wood is hard and dense to cut (true that, I have actually used a chain witnessed on them), they burn hot in a fire (true that too), as stated prior – they death cockroaches (Mama claimed this is since they eat the fruit and also the difficult juice clogs your digestive tract – however I have actually not experimented with this so cannot confirm), castle were offered in the previous to develop a hedge the was impervious to cattle – simply by taking cuttings that the four (up to several inches in diameter) and also burying castle horizontally in the ground for this reason they just present at the peak of soil level, and also that no animals eat castle (untrue – I have observed partially consumed fruits for numerous years, mama acquired this one wrong).


ReplyBill CollisterJanuary 8, 2013, 10:38 pm

I keep looking, but have yet to find any kind of Osage Orange trees in my area. Deadwood, SD any type of clues on nearby in spots would certainly be appreciated! I’ll probably have to just buy som seeds!


ReplyJeff GibsonJanuary 16, 2013, 4:34 pm

I read all her wonderful posts and also had to include my 2 cents. I usage hedge posts because my grandfather took branches around as large around as your arm and also made fence short articles during WW II and also the are still solid to this day. (however that is difficult to drive a fence clip in lock now) The wood proceeds to acquire harder through time. It s okay I am gonna come touch on a topic that has actually only been briefly touch on, burning this lumber for heat… This lumber is the hottest burning wood in my area (Missouri). If girlfriend put just osage orange in a fireplace insert that will obtain hot sufficient to MELT the metal. If girlfriend burn this timber mix it through other varieties of wood. Lastly, my grandmother and great grandmother make ornaments yet slicing the fruit and also baking them in the oven. The fruit transforms brown and also wrinkles in a wavy kind of way. The made part really pretty accessories that ns remember fondly. If you desire details on exactly how they did the let me know.


ReplyDianeNovember 16, 2013, 2:12 pm

Would love to have details on how to make accessories with Osage Orange fruit.


ReplyDaveFebruary 17, 2013, 12:36 pm

As a retire i spent several years together a Passport gradually volunteer through the forest Service. Top top one task we were browsing for residence remains come map a mill town that had existed between 1790 and also 1890. After spending much time spring for rock piles and fireplace stays a fellow worker and I were talking around the site as soon as it came to our attention that every of the house sites we had actually located had had a Osage Orange tree close to by. We began looking for the trees rather of the foundations and also were an extremely successful. “The Question” Why to be these human being planting this tree? The insect repellent is to day the most logical prize I have actually been given.


ReplycrystalFebruary 17, 2013, 3:13 pm

Im from Missouri wherein the hedge apple/ missouri orange/ osage orange trees room all around. The trees to be grown mainly for ‘hedge rows’ lock grow reasonably fast and also work yes, really well for fence rows. They have actually a yellow inner bark that burns hot than any other timber I recognize of in a fireplace or woodstove. The hardwood crackles and also pops and most of us midwesterners that burn timber for heat know the you will stay really warm while burn hedge wood. The hedge apologize is worthless, as far as ns know. Cows, pigs, and also wildlife won’t also eat them but they do have actually a glue substance within of them that works favor elmers glue as soon as your in a pinch. I’m sure it has actually other uses, however none the Im aware of from people tale.


ReplyPeteroApril 9, 2013, 9:38 pm

crystal ; osage orange fruit and also sap deserve to cure an illness and cancer ,,, from external portion to internal section of the body … and also i’m still usage it on every little thing … and sharing through friends … i have some been bottled due to the fact that 1995 … i would prefer to check it ~ above something like uncure deadly condition …….,,,,,…….


ReplyRoseApril 23, 2013, 11:11 am

Petero, Please do share what experience you’ve had and also what you recognize of making use of Osage Orange for medicinal purposes. I made a tincture last autumn using cut up piece fruit gathered in Arkansas late Sept. Off the soil – mine gut emotion was the it need to be medicine in some way. I have several friends through cancer and want to know more about organic alternatives. Thanks!


ReplyVictoriaApril 17, 2013, 2:01 pm

I am an extremely interested in purchasing hedge apples, because that medicinal purposes, not simply for me yet several of my friends that have actually cancer. I live in the orlando area the Florida. Please feel free to email me any sources. FYI the hedge apple does not should be completely ripe, come eat.thank youvrhine
gmail.com


ReplyMad RiderMay 10, 2013, 3:41 pm

Thumb up because that this an excellent article! life in Romania, I very first found the ‘monkey balls’ of this unexplained tree some 10 years earlier in a garden situated several blocks from mine home. For the last 3-4 year I’ve been trying to get my own Osage orange tree indigenous burying the lime balls in my very own garden at my country house, however with no results. Last fall I ordered indigenous a caterer a pair of Maclura Pomifera baby-trees no higher than a foot and I’m happy to say the both of them made it through a harsh winter. Go anyone know how long that takes because that a little tree so have fruits?


ReplyCharlie SommersMay 18, 2013, 7:41 pm

I was lugged up in a rural part of Tennessee and we had an Osage Orange chopping block in the backyard the I used to break-up kindling for our chef stove. That was also used to end the stays of more than likely several thousand chickens over the years. It to be rot resistant and also had stood the check of at least 25 years of usage with just a slim indentation from repetitive hatchet strokes. The hardwood is resinous and also burns through a warm flame yet can gum up her chimney and also cause a fire hazard.


ReplyReidJuly 13, 2013, 2:56 am

Fence articles made native Hedge can conveniently last a 100 years. They withstand rot and insects . As soon as dry ,cutting this lumber is close to impossible. Also green it will dull an chain saw prior to you understand it. When melted as fuel it burns hotter than any type of wood i’ve ever seen.


ReplyChrisJune 19, 2013, 4:02 pm

Great work, but I eat the whole fruit everyday and it is an extremely edible and also quite tasty. The tastes type of prefer a soft cucumber and also is VERY good at getting rid of any kind of fungi or cancer tumors in the body and it likewise helps clear her sinus passages of fungi and also mucus and aid you to breath normally. I know of several world that had cancer in so late stages and also eating the whole fruit killed all the cancer cells and also saved your lives. Girlfriend can believe what friend want however I am telling the truth. You would certainly just need to test it for yourself. Give thanks to You.


ReplyRobert MorriJune 24, 2013, 4:37 pm

The various other day while collecting mullberry pipeline for tea making,l noticed a horseapple tree with almost mature sized fruit.I’m having actually a pest problem therefore l brought home a few.Having read the above testimonials l believed I’d check the waters and nuked one in water for about ten minutes.The resulting tea tasted fine and also after a few hours ns was feeling fine,so l made decision to eat a pinkie sized portion of the fruit.I went to bed feeling fine.Get this ,l had a viagra-type response all night.When l awoke together felt a tiny queasy,but not also bad. I ate and also did part chores. Around noon l became sick and puked my guts.I remained in bed all day weakened,and I’m still weak today.


ReplyReidJuly 13, 2013, 2:47 am

we have actually land in SE Kansas the is overrun with these hedge trees. Ns was pretty sure that the white sap that comes from piercing one of the “apples” was poison. Once we were kids my brother got someone the in his eye . His eye turn red and also swelled shut. We had to take it him come the ER . They offered him Antihistamines and also patched his eye for a day or two. Go anyone have any info on the white latex choose sap??? I’d prefer to discover a way to do these pesky things pay


Replybill willeyMarch 7, 2014, 12:25 pm

its to be reported out of Kentucky the it cures skin cancer


ReplyJudy MullunsDecember 31, 2017, 2:20 am

Hedgeapples healing all varieties of cancer!!


ReplyMaureen DanielSeptember 3, 2013, 4:55 pm

I live in SE Kansas where hedge trees are plentiful. We trail ride v our horses and also when the hedge apples begin to fall, it’s difficult to push the horses past them. I have actually never heard the them gift poisonous and also my horses have been eating them because that as lengthy as we’ve had actually horses (a long time). They carry out prefer lock after a frost. Ns was told once that the fruit will certainly take on one alcohol type quality after ~ a freeze. That’s when the equines seem come REALLY desire them. I have actually tasted them and they space citrus tasting. I have likewise sampled the shiny leaves of the female tree, again an extremely citrus tasting. The horses prefer the maturation fruit and also love the leaves. I think if her looking for human being consumption, you must follow the horses nose and also go for the mature fruit. Ns think the seeds would be much simpler to remove as soon as the fruit has been frozen once or twice too. Castle are incredibly hard when they first come ~ above the trees. When they have fallen and frosted, they come to be much softer, sweeter and easier to work-related with.


ReplyKirstenOctober 7, 2013, 2:50 am

I have actually hundreds the these fruits lettering mine yard. If anyone desires them, fall me a line.


ReplyAngelOctober 10, 2013, 1:50 am

Kirsten, ns do!!! I’ve been in search of these around me.. I’m wanting to plant a life fence around my land. I live in north eastern Texas, near Houston. Room you far from there?


ReplyShannon CilaOctober 13, 2013, 11:05 pm

We just moved come a rural house in Southeastern Iowa and also have this trees all approximately our property. At very first we thought they could be some sort of black walnut indigenous the large, green, bumpy fruit, yet diligent google searches led us to uncover its true identity as osage orange. I have actually learned a lot indigenous this page so many thanks to anyone for sharing your knowledge about it.

I am interested in the ornaments, and additionally wondering if anyone has actually tried baking the sliced fruit. Also, just how do you cut the timber if it is so dense and gummy? Isn’t that negative for a chainsaw? I review that the bow makers break-up the lumber somehow through a wedge.

We have lots the these fruits scattered end the property and at this time (early October), we have not had actually a deep frost yet (temps have obtained down come the 40’s, though), and the fruits space still really bright green, hard, and also milky. They perform resemble bread fruit in the interior fruit structure, although breadfruit is no sappy, however starchy inside as I remember. That’s why ns was wondering just how they bake up, due to the fact that they bake the slices that breadfruit on the islands. Also curious if the osage orange is regarded breadfruit, and what does osage means?


ReplyShannon CilaOctober 14, 2013, 1:13 am

I discovered a page about osage orange’s medicine properties and many scientific studies confirming that is anti-cancer, anti-fungal (especially Candida albicans) , anti-Alzheimer, anti-Parkinsons, immune-promoting, and also antimicrobial to surname a few. Assumed I’d add the attach for anyone wondering: http://www.racehorseherbal.com/Wild_Herbs/Osage_Orange/osage_orange.html

Like the vital nutrient iodine, they found a component called lupeol, that causes natural cell death (apoptosis) which stops tumors native developing and even shrinks active ones, and also there are heart-protective factors, too as an effective antioxidants.

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Apparently, researchers have taken notice, and also the tree’s leaves and inner heartwood (the fruit, too) have actually been positively shown to save on computer a type of resveratrol, and something dubbed Tetrahydroxystilbene (THS) which has actually very solid antifungal properties. Monitor the web page to the end and it has abstracts native the actual scientific studies and a chart of the plant’s healthy and balanced polyphenols. Researchers also concluded that although the tree is considered inedible, that is also safe and also “can be used as a food additive.”


ReplyMargaretOctober 28, 2013, 6:39 pm

These points are at this time dropping favor bombs in Cincinnati, common on the hillsides in the older parts of town. In winter they’re easy to spot, the naked trees have a greenish yellow cast to lock unlike any other. On the rare chance I failure a various tree for an osage, the culprit is constantly a mulberry. The grosing habit is similar.As for sprouting osage, cram the whole fruit in the compost pile brought about scores of seedlings, yet the youngsters need to be faithful watered or lock wither. An extremely hardy when they prosper up, yet not as soon as they very first hatch.If you want the seeds, frozen the fruit, then thaw it. This makes it rather mushy, and also surprisingly simple to slice. Climate you work the fruit through your fingers and also thumbs and also pop the seed out. Type of messy, usage bowls, a sieve, water. Productivity is impressive, 500 seeds from one very huge specimen, about the dimension of a huge grapefruit. Not negative work if the internet’s down for the evening.To me, the raw seeds taste favor the hedge apologize smell, with a barnyard manure aftertaste. Perhaps it’s the medication ns take. YMMV.


ReplyRonyonAugust 18, 2014, 10:22 pm

I live in Cincinnati ~ above the west side,can you mention a street?I would love to grow a hedge the these, the food value is incidental…


ReplyMargaretAugust 19, 2014, 9:47 am

PS. As soon as extracting seeds, have dedicated utensils. Spouses thing to the latex getting stuck come knives, bowels, countertops…


ReplyChristyNovember 14, 2013, 12:52 am

Wow, so glad i ran throughout your site on Osage Orange. Mine husband had lugged home some hedge apples due to the fact that I was loosing the battle with 2 different species of cockroaches, the had proclaimed that as soon as he very first bought the home 30+ years back he had roaches and also said he took his family members advice (what he thought was dubbed “crab apples” no really understanding the exactly name), and put out the Osage orange/ hedge apples and said that within in weeks they were gone. Called me come just reduced off the top and also place in a key or lid and place under the sinks and also in locations where the pet couldn’t gain to them. I checked out search on this to make sure these were crab apples due to the fact that to me they room some large fruit, none that ns have ever before seen farming up, come my surprise they room NOT crab apples.