While on one of my many walks with my two dogs, I happened to come across these strange tree seed pods.
I've passed these before in my travels and never really paid much attention to them, but this particular sunny, warm October day I decided, (against the better judgment of my dogs) to stop and take a closer look at them. Meanwhile my mom decided to make the pyramid out of them, but nobody seems to know what type of tree it comes from.
Thankfully do to the powers of the Internet and my persistent typing in of "green brain like tree seeds" into different search engines, I finally came across my answer.
This is fruit from the Osage-orange tree. This tree grows to be between 40-60 feet high and gives out this fruit which is about 4-5 inches in diameter, smells a bit like oranges, and has a sticky latex substance inside, but is for the most part inedible, but not poisonous. The strange part about this fruit is that it really isn't eaten by many current day animals, except some squirrels who eat the seeds inside, and an occasional horse. Some hypothesize that the now extinct mammoth, ground sloth or mastodon might have eaten it, thus helping with the seed dispersal. Some people call these pods "monkey brains" or "monkey balls." I'm just glad I'm not under any of these trees when one of these things falls to the ground!
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