Osage Oranges

Kim Biegacki Recipe

By Kim Biegacki pistachyoo


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
small tin plates

Directions Step-By-Step

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.
Or you can purchase them in certain areas for a small price.
Squirrels 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.
Horses love eating them too.
Some people use them in making wreaths.
Here they are used as a Christmas table decoration.
This is a beautiful display of Osage Oranges in a fall decorative display.
Another beautiful decorative display made with osage oranges.
The 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

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Deb Crane songchef
Aug 29, 2011
Very interesting! I looked these up just to get more info. I have known them as monkey balls too. Who would have thought to use them in an arrangement? They look pretty!
Angela Gray angiemath
Aug 29, 2011
Those are so cool Kim, so many diff. uses ! I will see if I can find any in my area !
Kim Biegacki pistachyoo
Aug 29, 2011
Deb, that's what I thought too! Wow, those look pretty! When all I have ever done with them is hide them in a corner to rid our house of bugs. I didn't know that squirrels or horses eat them either.

It will be funny cause after finding the pic on No.7 in directions I want to do something similiar for an arrangement for the fall. My family will be sure to ask why are the "monkey balls' on the table? hehe Or else they won't notice and say how beautiful is that display? hehe
They do have a brilliant green color to them and something I thought once ugly has taken a new perspective in my eye. Now I shall display my "monkey balls" with pride and not hide them in the corner any longer. LOL
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linda dehner wheatloh
Aug 31, 2011
My family always put them around the outside of their house to keep the mice from entering. It has worked for me. My sister puts them in her camper each fall when she closed it up for winter. She would put them in a disposable plate because they freeze and then get soft and would make a mess. Inside house they have a sweet smell to them. They are getting harder to find because most people don't plant that type of tree. If you find a tree keep an eye open for when they start falling in early fall before they are gobbled up by other people who know what they are.
Kim Biegacki pistachyoo
Sep 23, 2011
Linda, that is really great to know. Didn't realize or think about the other uses that you just described. Those are great ideas and thanks for sharing!
Pam Ellingson wmnofoz
Sep 24, 2011
Kim, We have a lot of Osage Orange trees in Kansas, so we have lots of what we call Hedge apples. I have seen them sliced into thin slices and dried to use in arrangements. Also they have painted them like sunflowers when they were dry. If you need some, I will stuff a truckload in the back of the Ranger and deliver them. LOLOL Sell em for a buck a piece and make a killing. :)
Kim Biegacki pistachyoo
Sep 24, 2011
Wow that's cool. I would have loved to seen them painted and dried out like that. Yeah, most people around here sell them if they are on their property. But haven't found anyone yet to get some. I really want to try working with them in a decorating fashion. Yep, if you had a truckload you could sell them in no time over here. If I had trees with them on them I think I would put a sign up in the front yard by a wheelbarrow full of them and sell them too. hehe
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