Monday, November 15, 2010

Farmer's Market Find! Osage Oranges

Quick post to share what I found at the market this weekend...osage oranges or green brains.  They made such a cool centerpiece with clementines in a shimmer bowl from Crate & Barrel.  It's hard to find a lot of information about these online but what I've found is that they are inedible fruit that grow on thorned trees.  Apparently they fell out of favor with the invention of barbed wire. Prior to that, farmers used them for hedges to keep cattle out or in but it wasn't a fail-safe plan since cattle were lost due to choking on the fruit.  Some sites claim the fruit is a natural insect repellent, especially for spiders.  We'll see about that...for now, I just think they're purdy.

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