Planted in the late 1800s as live thorny fences, but long since replace by barbed wire, there are still quite a few hedgeapple rows around the countryside. In the fall, large softball size fruit drops from the trees. Squirrels dig into the fruit to get to the seeds, but the fruit itself is slightly poisonous, and animals avoid it.
It’s thought that the fruit was once eaten by now extinct giant ground sloths or mammoths.
When I was a kid, I thought the surface of it looked like brain tissue. Or a pile of intestines.
Yes, I know I’m weird.
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