How to eat an Osage Orange – Weird Fruit Explorer Ep. 119

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  • Dude that's hilarious! People actually think those repel insects? NOPE! We had a gazzillion of those trees growing near my house as a kid in the 60s and early 70s. We still have a few of those trees around here but people have generally leveled them to improve the land for housing and such. As a kid we used to throw those dang things at each other like you do in Dodge Ball! They hurt too! LOL. We were pretty rotten when I was a kid. LOL 🙂

  • They say animals that went extinct after spreading the seeds from those dang things. But I say it ain't no wonder why they went extinct of they were eating them dang things!!!😝😝😝😂😂😂😂😱

  • Always was told they were poisonous. The juice from the rind is bitter and makes your mouth feel funny and is very sticky. My Aunt kept them around to kill roaches. I'm not sure it worked, but she thought so. The only useful thing I heard about was to grow close together in a row for a fence or barrier to keep deer out or livestock in. The thorns certainly do a good job at discouraging anything. SO, if you have any elephants to feed, maybe you could grow some.

  • According to what I have read the fruit of the Osage is believed to have been eaten by such creatures as Mammoth and Mastodon. I don't believe they are suitable for human food. The wood was used to make bows among other things by native Americans. At one time it was spread for use in making hedgerows. There was one on my grandfather's land and that was what my father said about why it was there.

  • As a hunter if you sit under a tree they will kill you. I had 1 kill me once! Hurt like hell when that green meteor hit me in the head.

  • It's not ripe when it is green, right? They do turn yellow and fall off of the tree. There was a tree where I used to live.

  • So: It's an Ice Age fruit, from the age of mammoths: it repels cockroaches (why not cut one into halves and put them in corners?) But it's not much good to eat except for the seeds?

    Other channels on here say they are anti-cancer.

  • Fun fact: Osage Orange provided the olive drab color used in WWI uniforms. Before then, it was used for fenceposts because the wood wouldn't rot in the ground. And even before that, it was extraordinarily valuable as bow wood. Native Americans would trade animals for a stick of this wood, and now we find them a nuisance.

  • The wood of the Osage Orange tree is very valuable. In addition to making good bows the wood is also great for outdoor use as it is naturally treated with an insect repellent that is also corrosion resistant. This also makes it great for ship use.


  • There are studies being done at different colleges on osage oranges and cancer, concerning why it has cured so many people. Many are eating it for preventative measures. They easiest way is to freeze it whole, then grate it. Tastes like cuucumber. Some people dry it and make pills. Fyi it has latex in it so wear gloves if allergic. Google hedge apples and cancer, to read stories, osage orange and cancer to find the colleges that are doing the studies.

  • Hedgeapple wood is excellent firewood , a good night wood as it burns a long time …. and the only wood I know that can be cut and burned in a woodstove that night …. I have heated my home with a lot of hedge .

  • I actually ate the fruit of Osage Orange and it tasted good. Here's how: I had recently lived in Central America and was familiar with Breadfruit and Jackfruit. I knew this was related. When I was in southeastern Arizona in March many years ago I saw Osage Orange that was growing wild along streams there. The fruits had fallen down and were sitting all over the creek bed and some in the water. They had probably been there on the ground all winter and early spring. Winter in that part of Arizona has low temperatures at or below freezing early in the morning but high temperatures in the low 60's during the day so not really winter like I know it. The Osage Oranges were softer from sitting the through light frosts and especially the ones sitting in the water. Anyway, I cut one open and the sticky sap had turned kind of light orange color and was more of a paste texture than in the fresh fruit. I knew this stuff tasted bad so I cut the Osage Oranges into pieces and washed the stuff out of the fruit in the creek. Surprise surprise, the fruit after washing out the sticky, pasty stuff tasted quite good somewhat like Jackfruit. So the key may be for the fruits to be very over-ripe and sit for a long time in a place that alternates between fairly cold in the morning but not consistently cold. Where I live it is so cold in winter the fruits would freeze solid then rot. Then of course you have to wash the sticky pasty stuff out. What I did was not much work at all and the seeds are also there to eat. There are people trying to breed edible Osage Oranges. Maybe they are breeding for fruit that doesn't have the bad tasting latex in it.

  • Maybe is still raw and it requires a long time to ripen. For example when fruits such as bananas are green and you cut them they’re are very sticky. You have to wait till they’re ripe to eat them.

  • I use Hedge Apples around my house in the summer to repeal spiders and other insect's. And it really works but only when the fruit starts to rot. While it's fresh and green it don't do nothing.

  • These critters are common here in northern Arkansas, where they are considered completely inedible. The tree is called Bois D'Arc, which is French for "wood of the bow". Locally it is pronounced "bo-dark". It is reputed to be the finest wood for making archery bows, and was used for centuries by Native Americans for bow-making.

  • In central Iowa the amish call horse poo "horse apples" never heard osage oranges that they've been called hedge apples. Also the hedge apples need to get old.

  • Does slowly roasting the osage orange in the oven or on very low heat in a crock pot for a couple days change it into anything edible?

  • This is the second time your videos have been recommended to me, so I subscribed. I Kansas, squirrels wiil tear the apples apart to get the seeds.

  • I grew up in the country.
    We'd throw them at telephone poles… that's about all they're good for.

    The trees have beautiful wood though, and are also rot & insect resistant.

  • I've seen the insides of these. I just recently found out that they belong in the same family of jackfruits, mulberries, and breadfruits. They really look like small versions of jackfruit and breadfruit. The skin and the inside of this fruit does.

  • Mule deer here in New Mexico seem to like it, I have a tree that drops hundreds of them each year. I read somewhere that pioneers put them in clothing in storage to keep bugs and moths out. They have a very strong wood used for making hunting bows.

  • In the movie Alien, the space alien germinated inside a person and then burst through the guy's chest. Clearly, the alien evolved from movie astronauts.

  • We have these at my job, had no idea what they were which is why I ended up looking it up. They kinda look like broccoli

  • I think that they disperse the seeds in the process of tearing up the hedge apple. They aren't able to eat every seed because of the stickiness, and difficulty in ripping open. They make a mess. And as they make a mess they disperse seeds.

  • After the Civil War, my gr. gr. grandfather had his family eat them. They didn't starve, but I was told that it was far from yummy. I'd be curious to know how it was prepared.

  • Believe it or not, we have osage orange trees in Corfu, Greece. I suspect some british brought them on the island a long time ago. They have been spotted in a few areas, from what I read, the most easily found ones are at the Garitsa bay park, in town. Vido island across town also has at least one, I am reading, but I've never seen it. I love lime green color so I simply adore these fruits, they are the best color ever!

  • My dad thought this was a mutated leaf injected by a wasp and i thought it was an alien egg
    We were surprised to see it has seeds
    Turns out it was a fruit

  • You let the fruit rot first in a cool dry place… then harvest the seeds. The seeds have to be stratified in fridge for three months then plant.
    My chickens love eating them once they have rotted a bit.

  • FUNNY! I pass these things on the trail when I mountain bike and I've always wondered if they were edible. Now I know. Thank you, buddy!

  • I didn't know much about Osage Orange, but I was walking past them yesterday and thought maybe they can be cooked like breadfruit because it looks so much alike. But I guess now that I see you try to cook it, the answer is no. People in the Caribbean pass the breadfruit through a grater sometimes and make a dough. They also fry it. I don't know that I trust this Osage Orange to fry, with the characteristics you show. Maybe explosive? lol

  • I found a ton of Osage oranges around my new home in Huntsville, Al so I took to the internet after collecting some specimens. I’m glad I did! This guy is cracking me up! “If you poke the spider with the fruit it will repel it” 🤣

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