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Hedgeapple

Hedgeapple

My neighbors gave me the green tomatoes and the brainy-looking hedgeapple. It has a fragrant appley-orange scent and no culinary purpose. Recent research backs up the folklore that they are an insect repellent...

elemol, one of the major components of oil extracted from fruit of Osage orange, shows promise as a mosquito repellent with similar activity to DEET in contact and residual repellency.

I love it when that happens– when science confirms what the locals have been saying for years.