The tree's official name is Osage orange. J. In southwestern Pennsylvania, they're commonly called "monkey balls," but in other regions, this peculiar fruit and the trees from which they fall are known as hedge apples, bowwood, bois d'arc (French for "wood of the bow"), bodark, geelhout, mock orange, horse apple, naranjo chino, wild orange and yellow-wood. PG Delivery ---- Real Estate Rentals 8 Health Benefits of Monk Fruit. Monk fruit sweetener is made from extract derived from dried fruit. Since Colonial times, this weird and wonderful fruit has been used to control various insect pests in the home, and now modern science is finally catching up with folk lore and discovering that, indeed, the pleasantly scented Osage orange is endowed with the chemical J Med Food. Some people evidently call them hedge apples despite the fact that they look nothing like apples and grow on trees, not in hedges. ---- Great Outdoors But, according to the Pittsburgh GardenPlace, you can grow one of these interesting trees yourself, for free. Suitable for grades K - 0, Apple Catch lets you catch the falling apples into the basket. Osage orange trees can be propagated from root cuttings or summer branch cuttings, dipped in a rooting agent such as Rootone, and planted in sand, kept either under mist in a greenhouse, or in a cold frame in your own backyard. We have lots of Osage orange trees along the north and west sides of our house. Even though you can't eat them, Osage oranges have many uses. John A. Wright and Professor Jonathan B. Turner traveled throughout the Midwest, spreading the good news about Osage orange hedges, according to Lloyd Lewis, author of "John Wright, Prophet of the Prairies.". The Great Plains Nature Center (source of my North American information) suggest you find one that has been out in the sun for a while and enjoy the orange-peel-like perfume of the skin. They lodge in the esophagus and block the digestive track. One reason this nonnative is so common in Western Pennsylvania is that it was the original barbed wire fence. ---- Commercial Real Estate Monkey brain fruit Stock Photography - Fotosearch Enhanced. The brains of monkeys have some important similarities to the human brain in structure and organization, and monkeys have therefore been extensively studied