Possumhaw: Bodock and horse apples
The green ball is called an Osage orange, hedge apple or, more commonly in the Prairie ... The horse apple is not fit for human consumption but it is ever so great for decorating. It has a dimpled skin like a basketball and an attractive lime color.
Controlling Osage-orange trees
Research has shown hedge apples are not toxic although, many cattle have died from hedge ... stems and fruit of the Osage-orange may also cause irritation to the human skin. Osage-orange trees are not grown for "hedge" fences any more but the hard wood ...
Kansans put ‘brain fruit’ to many different uses
"Brain fruit," "hedge apples," "hedge balls" and "Osage oranges" are common names given ... The milky white sap of the tree and fruit may cause irritation to the human skin; however, neither are poisonous. The fruit, however, may cause problems by lodging ...
Hoflander: Early fall is hedge apple time – horse apples, Osage orange, etc.
“My great-aunt used to call them Green Brains, and as I recall they smell like a rotten orange ... but long before that, the Osage Indians of the Great Plains used the strong but bendable branches to make bows. Some people still refer to hedge ...
Hedge balls: Is reputation for repelling spiders valid?
AEvery year at this time, when the fruits -- called hedge balls -- of the Osage orange tree ripen, people ask whether the hedge balls ... the fruit is not toxic. But if you don't break it open, you will never come in contact with the milk, Brown said.