- 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.
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: