What orange ripens in a Midwest autumn? Osage orange does. Osage orange or hedge apples aren’t really oranges at all. They are brightly colored bumpy fruit that look like a tennis ball and they grow wild in some Midwest forest and prairies.
The fruit has a strong, bitter taste. I think the flavor of the wild Osage orange flavor, is why no people or animals picked them or ate them. The forest grass was scattered with oranges.
The grass looked like it was covered in tennis balls from a large outdoor match, but it had a wonderful citrus scent.
I’m still looking for the wild berry patch that used to be nearby this forest trail.