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Friday, November 23, 2007

strange fruit

When I was a little girl, a tree with these strange green fruits grew outside of my second grade class window. They were about the size of large oranges or grape fruits, and it was a part of the school yard that we weren't allowed to play in, so I never really got to investigate them up close, and they would just lay there on the grass like discarded brains. No one knew what they were called, and in fact, no one really seemed to care. I never saw these strange green fruits (inedible, I assume) growing anywhere else, until I moved to my current neighbourhood a few years ago and someone down the street has this strange green fruit tree in their yard. I still don't know what they are called -- something orange, maybe, if I remember that gardener guy on the radio that day that he mentioned something about them. They have a strange citrus smell that matches their strange green fruit-ness.




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8 comments:

Cami said...

This fruit has troubled me all my life... Esp. as a child. I just couldn't wrap my mind around them. So funny you chose them as subject matter. I really love how your brain works!

Rebecca said...

Aaah, isn't it nice to travel down memory lane.

have no idea of the name of the fruit...but it looks tropical to me.

Anart Island Studio said...

...this is fun!! I just found one of these in the botanical gardens and the a bit latter somewhere in my neighborhood.....no idea what they are but sure would like to know!!! Love the layout you made with these pictures!!!

Anonymous said...

They are called hedgeapples. They are on the Osage-orange trees.

http://www.hedgeapple.com/hedgeapplepics.html

Julie Hickey

Sarah said...

We call them monkey balls around here! They are filled with a milky substance.

Congratulations on your book shipping!

AmberRS said...

They are supposed to keep spiders away. People around here will put them in their basements

staceykingman said...

osage orange :) We had them at home. For some reason we also called them Bois D' Arc Apples...and we lived on Bois D' Arc Lane.

LisaW said...

I live in Virginia - we call them Horse Apples lol