Sunday, October 26, 2008

Osage orange

Osage orange. We used to come down Germantown Avenue from the PA Turnpike to get into the city twenty-eight years ago when I was a Freshman at Temple University. Around where we crossed the line from Montgomery County into the city limits, we would see Osage oranges strewn along the sides of the road. A connection between the life I was leaving, and the new life I was going to.

Osage oranges grew along the banks of the Davidsburg Run where it ran through the lower meadow of our farm when I was growing up. As kids, my cousin Steve and I would drop them into the water and race them down the current, a competition to see whose would be the first to bob under the fence into the neighbor's field.

Today Donna and I rode our bikes up Andorra Road, near where I used to see the Osage oranges years ago, and found this specimen.


Just Roaming The Cities said...

can you eat them?

Dan Allen said...

Hi jrc,

No, not edible. Cool to look at, though.

Halcyon said...

I was just going to ask the same question. They are rather strange looking, but don't kids always like to play with the oddest things?