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Osage orange
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Jim Van Sickle    Posted 01-04-2002 at 15:35:50       [Reply]  [Send Email]
thanks to all that responed to me asking about osage orange, I did not know so many of you heard about them, I seen them in a store for sale at $.50 per orange, and did not know what them's used for. thanks again.


Lu Green    Posted 08-22-2002 at 05:13:07       [Reply]  [Send Email]
The Osage Orange is the fruit of a tree chosen by the settlers of Eastern Central Illinois to be planted in rows on the borders of a 40 acre field. It grew to 40-60 feet in a large spread which intertwined with its neighbors to form a very good wind break. The 40 acre size field (1/4 mile X 1/4 mile square) was so chosen because it was the limit for one man and a team of horses to care for. The 'orange' is green in color, bumpy surface, very heavy, and rock hard. When finally mature it will rot and soften, breaking apart to spread its seeds which are the bumps. Milky fluid is inside when green, the only use that I knew of besides throwing them was that my mom would have me get several to be placed in a old pie pan in our basement or shops to repel mice.


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