Horse apple


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Horse apple

Fruit of the Osage orange (bois d’arc) tree.
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The Spitzbergen and the Virgina Beauty refer to their places of origin; the Horse apple is so big and sour that it is considered fit only as feed for horses; the Umbertwig was named for the distinctive shape and flexible limbs of the parent tree.
The tree is also known as osage plum, osage apple, bodark, hedge apple, and horse apple.
Even the bodock ball, or horse apple, is sliced, cured, and used.
It lists over twenty names -- including Bodock and Horse Apple -- for "Maclura pomifera": 'The genus name is after William Maclure (1763-1840), an American geologist, while the species epithet pomifera means bearing pommes or apples, in allusion to the large, spherical fruits.
As an expat, it does you a world of good, to return to your 'homeland' and smell the roses as well as the horse apples, for it enables you to contemplate, and appreciate, both that which you have in your adopted home, and what you left behind.
One last thing, Lindgren notes: At Hollywood and Highland, where TV cameras capture the event, there are people who quickly clean up those horse apples.