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Osage Orange Pomander Or Room Freshener

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I had never heard of an Osage orange tree until five years ago, when my brother and I were together, and a green object lying in the street caught my attention. I asked him to go around the block so I could see what it was. I got out of the car and noticed several of these strange green nubby looking fruit that had fallen from a tree. They smelled a little like orange peels. I scooped up about four of them and got back into the car. I asked him to remember where the tree was, because I would definitely be back for more. I knew they would be great in a potpourri bowl. I searched online to find out what they were with no success.

One day a family friend stopped by and she told me they came from a Bodock tree. She knew because they grow abundantly in Oklahoma where she was from. After knowing the name of the tree; I did a search online and discovered farmers used them to create a natural fence before barb wire was available.  The Osage Indians used the bent limbs to make bows. The fruit is poisonous to eat except for squirrels! They love them! 

The following year I asked my brother to take me to the Bodock tree. We looked and looked and could not find that tree! Every fall for the past five years I have looked for that tree. Still determined to find the tree, this fall I looked again with no success. I finally called a friend of mine who owns a feed and seed store. She asked an employee where a Bodock tree might be found and he gave me an approximate location. I finally found the tree bearing the beautiful lime green dimpled fruit! I made a pomander from the fruit. Follow through and I will show you how I did it. 
 
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Step 1: Supplies

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  • Osage fruit 
  • 1 Jar Whole Cloves 
  • 2 Cinnamon sticks 
  • Ribbon

Step 2: Tools

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  • Skewer
  • Scissors
  • Straight pin not shown 
dallen338 months ago
Very awesome. Had a friend give me a bunch of these last year. Said to throw under your house to get rid of spiders and bugs. Wish I would of seen this helpful imfo. Maybe get more next year and try this. Very cool indeed! Thanks!
sabu.dawdy1 year ago
i really like th e idea . i am ont sure if this tree is in pakistan or not. if it is i will for sure make these hangings , one or two for my room decor as well as air freshners =D
AmyBourque1 year ago
We used to have a tree like this in our back yard when I was little. My pa-pa called the fruit 'horse apples'. He did tell us it was poisonous, which in turn led to me and my younger brother trying to force feed it to our baby brother when we were younger. Thankfully we got caught and got our whippings and baby brother is now a grown man with his own little ones.
The tree is somewhat common here in central Texas. If you say Horse Apple tree the older folks know what you are talking about. They aren't common enough to be weed trees, but each neighborhood has one or two.
sunshiine (author)  AmyBourque1 year ago
Thanks so much for sharing! Have a perfect day!
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Love the Little Bow =D
sunshiine (author)  Kitana Kellaway1 year ago
Thanks Kitana! Have a splendorous day!
I will and that song u sent me was sad at the end
sunshiine (author)  Kitana Kellaway1 year ago
Yes, sometimes life can be that way!
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sunshiine (author)  Kitana Kellaway1 year ago
Hardships build character but it is hard to go through. It is how we react that is important.
OMG!! that is so true! you really make me think sunshiine =D
bajablue1 year ago
What a strange, beautiful and fascinating fruit!

The inside reminds me of a kiwi. Is it soft? I'm wondering what the slices would look like after they've been dried.

lol...  you have some experimenting to do, missy! ;-)
sunshiine (author)  bajablue1 year ago
It is strange but beautiful and smells great! The fruit is softish but not like a kiwi. Here is a picture of the dried Osage sliced. It dries quite hard and the color fades some but not too bad. I can't upload the picture for some reason but I added it to step 6. Thanks for commenting and I hope your night sparkles!
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rocklocker1 year ago
These are used also to keep spiders out of your house, especially in basements. Just place them in out of the way corners.
sunshiine (author)  rocklocker1 year ago
Thanks for sharing this information! Have a pleasant day!
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pecospearl1 year ago
I love what you have done with this fruit. The colors are fantastic and I do think you've come up with an entirely new idea for the Osage orange!
sunshiine (author)  pecospearl1 year ago
It smells soooo good, and it is chemical free! Thanks for stopping by and I hope your day shines!
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pwkinney1 year ago
It is a Bois d'Arc tree. Common in Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas and I guess Oklahoma. Osage Orange trees are sometimes a nuisance (weed) tree in theses area. The wood is extremely hard. My brother-in-law has a farm in central Kansas, he dug up an old fence his great-great grandfather built out of Osage Orange posts. The posts were still so good that he used them in his new fence, even after being in the ground for more than 80 years.
sunshiine (author)  pwkinney1 year ago
Wow that is a tough wood! Thank you so much for sharing this! Have a great day!
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artfulann1 year ago
Orange you smart! (sorry I couldn't resist the pun) Love the history lesson too!
sunshiine (author)  artfulann1 year ago
Well good morning artfulann, Thanks for the pun and for stopping by! Have a gorgeous day! I am a happy girl! Love my oranges!