November 8, 2022

The Osage Orange Trees at My Farm

Autumn is the best time to see those warty, wrinkly looking fruits called Osage oranges, and this year, I have dozens of them growing at my farm.

Have you ever heard of an Osage orange? The Osage orange, Maclura pomifera, is actually not an orange at all, and is more commonly known as a hedge-apple, horse-apple, or mock-orange. Each one is about four to five inches in diameter and filled with a dense cluster of hundreds of smaller fruits - some say it even resembles the many lobes of a brain. For the most part, the Osage orange is considered inedible because of its texture and taste, but they're very interesting and fun to grow.

Here are some photos, enjoy.