In the fall, the Osage Oranges start to fall. They are large round balls that are strange to look at, sticky to open, and so much fun to play with. 😉 I am not sure how they got their name, but their tree roots are covered in an orange layer.
The fruit might hurt you if it fell on you:
When they are bruised, split or otherwise cut open, they ooze a thick, sticky, creamy colored juice:
They feel so solid but are light enough to float:
And they make splendid balls for a large variety of activities:
JuneBug and JitterBug were having so much fun – float races, dribbling, kickball, and races. JuneBug was collecting as many as she could carry on the way back – she had 12 gathered up at one point. (We did leave them there, though!)