Saturday, August 6, 2011

Osage Oranges

No one seems to be able to give me a definite answer on what these cool things are called, so I Googled them and found out that they're called Osage Oranges or Hedge Apples.  (I like Osage Oranges better, so that's what I'm calling them.)

These trees are everywhere on my morning walking trail.   And the bright green fruit they produce is also everywhere on the trail.  They're about the size of a grapefruit and they're very dense and heavy, so they end up on the ground pretty quickly.  

Google says that these "oranges" are inedible, but I've noticed that the squirrels seem to really like them.  In fact, this morning a squirrel tossed a half eaten one out of a tree and it barely missed hitting me in the head!

Last year, I noticed these giant green "oranges" littering the ground around town, but it wasn't until late September that I convinced my husband and TCD to take a walk with me to go find out what they were.   We ended up picking up all the ones that hadn't turned brown or been eaten by anything.  I brought them home and put them into a container and they sat next to my fireplace until almost Thanksgiving.  
This year, I was much more clever, though.  I knew what they were this time, so instead of waiting for them to fall, I found a small tree with lots of "low hanging fruit."  And tonight, my very sweet husband took a step ladder over to my walking trail and snipped off a few perfect osage oranges for me.  Here's where they are now...
aren't they so cool???

I totally LOVE that there are free decorations hanging from the trees here!


  1. OMG! You've just answered a decade old question of mine on what exactly is the "Tennis Ball Tree"! LOL

    I never saw them until I moved here, and to me they looked like tennis balls, so that's what we've called it.

    So informative and helpful! Thanks.

  2. Are you kidding? They have these in Atlanta?? I don't remember EVER seeing them when we lived there. I figured they probably had them in FL because I think there's an Osage County there. But I had no clue they were in GA, too. Can't believe I missed them.

  3. Nope. Not kidding. There's one on the corner of my street! :-)

  4. Never seen those, they are cool! I love the color