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WTH eats Hedgeapples

Jackalope

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Walking to check a cam the other day I kept seeing these green fluffy piles on top of the snow. They looked almost like a pile of flower petals. It took me a moment to realize it was a dismantled hedgeapple. So WTH is eating hedgeapples?
 

Mike

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Chop one in half and you will see a pithy core surrounded by up to 200 small seeds (smaller than sunflower seeds) that are much sought-after by squirrels. Try to harvest these seeds for yourself and you will get a clear understanding of how much the squirrels must like them! In addition to ripping apart the tough, stringy fruit, there is a slimy husk around each individual seed that must also be removed before the seed can be eaten. Nonetheless, Osage Orange trees are a magnet for every squirrel in the neighborhood. They typically sit on the ground at the base of the tree or on a wide branch up in the tree to disassemble their prize, making a big mess in the process. Piles of shredded hedge apple are a sure sign of squirrels in the area.
 

cotty16

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I was like, WTF are hedgeapples??? Looked them up and realized it is what we've always called monkey balls. I'll be damned. Never knew they had a real name. Lol

My mom puts those in the corners of her basement. Says they keep spiders out. Who knows...
 

Matt

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I've heard hedge apples and monkey balls both. What I did not know was that was what an osage orange tree was. I hear milo talkin about using it to make bows before, but never knew what it was. There is a whole mess of em in a fencerow at a place where we hunt. It's always the last row to push and when we get to the end, we usually throw a few up to shoot them. Fun stuff.
 

formerbowhunter1023

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As a surveyor, my old man had to know trees to make his living. We worked 30+ weekends a year when I was growing up because he always had side work. I learned a lot about trees when I was a young 'un and I was always fascinated by the osage orange tree. I loved when we worked near one and dad would talk off on one of his walk-abouts looking for a corner. I'd use the machete to cut a big stick, then toss and crack hedge apples until my hands hurt. Lots of osages in the fencelines in WV...
 

Schu72

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I was like, WTF are hedgeapples??? Looked them up and realized it is what we've always called monkey balls. I'll be damned. Never knew they had a real name. Lol

My mom puts those in the corners of her basement. Says they keep spiders out. Who knows...

Yep Cotty, that's what we called them. Must be a hillbilly thing.lol
 

Jackalope

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So Squirrels... huh.. Cool.. Thanks ;)


Hedge apples
Horse apples
Monkey balls

They are the fruit of the Osage Orange tree.
 

Hoytmania

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Osage makes for some good fire wood in the winter too. Stuff burns just as hot as locust. Only thing is you will need a chain sharpener on sight when cutting it. I have seen sparks fly while cutting osage before with a chainsaw, and no there was no fence in the tree.
 

"J"

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Been putting them in the basement for years to keep spiders at a minimum. Some people actually pay a Buck a piece for them. I have an area where I pick them up and give them to people who want them get them right after the first frost they drop really good...
 

rrr

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I came home from College on a break last year and those were in the basement to keep the spiders away...and here I just thought mom and dad went crazy when I was away geeze
 

Hunter II

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These ladies have been eating them during their midday siesta breaks. If I don't hunt tomorrow afternoon I will see if I can get a pic of them in action.