Stroll through farmers markets on a regular basis, and you’re bound to come across some unusual bounty. Here’s a fruit I otherwise would never have known had it not been for my trips to New York City farmers markets.
Osage Oranges — Natural Raid for Roaches
A woman described them best to her no more than seven-year-old son: “They look like brains,” she said of the Osage oranges sitting lonesomely on the fringes of a farm stand — outcasts of sorts.
The unusual fruit is not something you’d naturally reach out for. First, their deeply wrinkled surface is indeed reminiscent of a brain, conjuring images of slimy creatures in horror flicks. Not only are they unpleasant to look at. They’re unpleasant to touch. Dare to touch the untouchable fruit and your hands immediately feel sticky.
There’s a reason the fruit is both visually and tactilely repugnant. Osage oranges shouldn’t be eaten as the inedible fruit makes people vomit.
Is this freaky fruit good for anything? Yes. Osage oranges have a mild citrus odor, which repels cockroaches and other bugs. For New York City apartment dwellers, they might be better than keeping a can of Raid.
· Price: $2 each
· Nutritional tidbits: No nutrition here as this fruit is inedible. Squirrels, though, like them and eat their seeds.
· Shape/color/texture: bright fluorescent green and round like an orange with a hard and deeply wrinkled surface.
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