These strange brain fruits can be seen dropping from the tree in our forecourt parking lot, but they aren't spooky Halloween decorations. What is seen in this image is a flattened fruit from a Maclura Pomifera or an Osage Orange tree. The Osage orange tree had many uses throughout history by Indigenous people, one example is making bows. The branches of the tree were also used for fencing. The trees that these fruits come from are 20-30 feet tall. The fruits or "hedge apples" are not meant for eating, in fact, many animals stay away from this fruit because they are tasteless. This idea of "hedge" comes from 1850s farmers who used these orange trees as hedges to separate their property. Today, many people use this fruit as a form of pest control and as a way to scare away insects from their households.