Return to the Market Gardener Forum | Post a Follow-Up

 o
'horse apples'

Posted by jayreynolds zone 6/7 (My Page) on
Thu, Oct 7, 04 at 6:24

I'm not necessarily promoting this, but a seller at the market i frequent has sold over 100 of these, for spider repellant. Some customers swear they work, no one has complained (maybe they are too embarrassed?).

They are being sold for $1.00 each!!!

Not bad for something most people consider worthless trash, or fodder for boyhood fights. They are also called hedge apples, bois d'arc, or osage oranges.

The customer base is mostly city slicker(Chicago) retirees, but buyers include the local Ozark folks here too

Here is a link that might be useful: These people sell them online- $2.00/ea+s/h


Follow-Up Postings:

 o
RE: 'horse apples'

I know texas and other places are different but at least in my area, "horse apples" and hedge apples (osage oranges) are two different things. One is a plant, the other is a digested plant (if you know what I mean) I definitely would NOT advertise them as 'horse apples' if I were trying to sell them in a national marketplace.


 o
RE: 'horse apples'

I have heard that the fruit of the Osage Orange is a good insect repellant. Haven't tried it out since I heard it as I then had no access to the fruits. While I think it is a high price for something that is produced in abundance by a mature tree - if you can get it, more power to you, or to the vendor.

"Horse Apples" aka "Road Apples" are the output of the north end of a south-traveling horse. I WOULD NOT expect then to do anything but attract flies!!! Certainly not at $1.00!!!!, even supposing you could get anyone to do more than call the little men in white coats to come and get you!


 o
RE: 'horse apples'

Never know - I've seen some unexpected things on ebay fetch top dollar


 o
RE: 'horse apples'

Horse apple is an old timey souuthern apple that is an apple.

Robert


 o
RE: 'horse apples'

i was told that osage oranges were suspose to be an insect repellant a few yrs ago. they didnt repell a thing and were quite an attractant for fruit flies.
skip


 o
RE: 'horse apples'

The neighbor down the road has one of these trees. They cover the road all the time. I had my aim down, with my car... and only took me 2 days to sinch it with my new pick up!!! hehehehe


 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!


Return to the Market Gardener Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.


Learn more about in-text links on this page here