Sunday, November 28, 2010

Tree Fruit Game

WE were out on a walk during Thanksgiving weekend in the mountains and came across many fallen tree fruits, the size of tennis balls. A few still hung on trees without their leaves - a curious sight -but most lay on the ground. We collected some and discovered that despite their size and weight, they float. They were useful too - when thrown from a small bridge into the stream below, they became perfect puppy-fetch-fodder, over and over again. Turns out they were Osage Orange, or Hedge Apple. Some interesting facts:
  • The fruits are often kept for 2-3 months indoors, where they act as an insect repellent
  • The hard bark was often used to make bows and arrows by Native Americans, and is considered exceptionally good wood for instrument making
  • The orange root can be used to make yellow dye.

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