Hi. I have found a fruit from a tree that was
growing in northern california, it is green/yellow in color similar to an
orange on the outside but with way more texture looks kind of like a
brain. It has many seeds in pods inside, has a sticky milky juice inside.
I have heard it is called a spider ball but cannot find anything on the
internet to help me find out more info about this fruit. Can you tell me
what this is?
Perhaps Maclura (osage orange)
Anthony R. Brach Ph.D.
It sounds like it might be an osage orange, native to the Osage region of
Oklahoma/Texas, widely planted in the midwestern prairie region by early
farmers and still frequently found. I wouldn't be surprised if some were
planted in California.
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