Osage Oranges

Kim Biegacki


You may know them as, Hedge Apple, Hedge Ball, Horse Apple, Green Brains, Monkey Balls or Mock Orange but they are all one in the same.
Growing up I always knew them as Monkey Balls and we used them inside the house to keep spiders and bugs away. To this day, when I am able to get my hands on some I still place them around the house to ward of the creepy crawlers. For me, they most definitely work as a natural insect repellant. They also work outside around your house to ward away nasty critters as well.

If you use them for anything or make a decoration with them I would love for you to share a picture and story too.

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osage oranges
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1You may know them as, Hedge Apple, Hedge Ball, Horse Apple, Green Brains, Monkey Balls or Mock Orange but they are all one in the same.

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2Or you can purchase them in certain areas for a small price.

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3Squirrels enjoy eating the seeds out of the Osage Oranges.
An osage orange is made up of a network of seeds woven together with a a fibrous membrane laden with creamy white “sticky” sap. The squirrels work at getting the seeds out and love eating them.

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4Horses love eating them too.

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5Some people use them in making wreaths.

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6Here they are used as a Christmas table decoration.

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7This is a beautiful display of Osage Oranges in a fall decorative display.

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8Another beautiful decorative display made with osage oranges.

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9The centuries-old Osage-orange tree that reigns over Patrick Henry’s home in Red Hill has been dethroned.

The 2011 National Register of Big Trees stripped the Red Hill tree of its title as the largest of its species in the United States in July and bestowed the mantle upon co-champions, an Osage-orange in Alexandria that resides on property once owned by George Washington, and another in New Castle, Del.

Red Hill’s Osage-orange was first nominated for the title in 1969.

In national competition, big trees win points for circumference, height and crown spread.

And while there’s no doubt that the Osage-orange tree at the Patrick Henry National Memorial is stout — it’s 27 feet around — its crown has been overshadowed. The New Castle Osage crown has a spread of 85 feet, and the Alexandria Osage crown is 90 feet, according to the national big tree registry.

The average crown spread of the Red Hill tree, according to the registry, is 64 feet.

For more info:americanforests.org/...bigtree

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: For Pets, Other Non-Edibles
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, Healthy