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Tuesday, November 22, 2005

The Hedge Apple

I've often wondered if the hedgeapple has become an endangered species. When I was a kid, they were all over town. Now, I can't remember the last time I saw one.

Well, they're alive and well and living in New York's Central Park. Joe of "what about the plastic animals?" has some great photos of osage oranges, also known as hedge applies, on the ground in the park.

What I remember most about the hedgeapple is my mother saying, "don't eat 'em because they're poisonous!"

Also, via Joe is a web site selling hedge apples, with lots of useful information, and this important fact: "Hedgeapples are not poisonous." That's good to know.

Posted by Marie at November 22, 2005 11:36 PM


i've seen several of them along the road by the state fairgrounds as i'm driving in to work, so there's at least one or two trees back there.

Posted by: jason at November 23, 2005 12:29 AM

Well, they may not be poisonous, but would you eat one?

Posted by: Don Ray at November 23, 2005 6:54 AM

I think I've seen them before but I don't run into them very often here in Maryland. They may not be poisonous but they sure don't look edible. I'll stick to my Florida oranges.

Posted by: Kem White at November 23, 2005 8:12 AM