Osage orange fruit, which has a delightful citric fragrance, is inedible to humans, but squirrels seem to love it.
Fact or fiction their pleasant aroma is appreciated as both a home scent and autumn table decor. And while their purported use as a bug deterrent is contested, the fruit and wood of the Osage orange tree does contain tetrahydroxystilbene, an anti-fungicide which deters insects.
Note that the milky white sap can be a skin irritant, and cause staining or spotting. It has been used as a source of both glue and lacquer, which should give you a clear idea.
Mad for Mushrooms is dedicated to the proliferation and learning of wild foods and natural ecosystems. Predominantly foraged, I focus on offering unusual, and wildly delicious foodstuffs for regional chefs and restaurants. Collaboration is essential to the work, outside of foraging and sharing knowledge, I am interested in further product development, and alternative applications of biomimetics.
By participating in Foraged Market, we hope to reach a wider audience, exciting more minds and mouths with nutritionally dense wild food products. The majority of items will be sourced in the forests and hillsides of the Ohio River Valley. However, when indicated, certain items have been successfully wild-grown in my organic, vegan, urban garden to offer a greater variety.
Please visit the shop to see what we hope to discover, and feel free to reach out with any questions.
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