The surprising ancient history of the hedge apple

When the fruits of the Osage orange tree fall to the ground in autumn, they demand notice. For one thing, they’re the size of softballs—the largest fruit of any tree native to North America. For another, they’re bright green.

On top of that they have a strange story that few people know.

Osage orange trees are not related to oranges; they’re more closely related to mulberries. Even more confusingly, the most common name for their fruit is hedge apple (though they’re also called horse apples, Irish snowballs, or monkey brains).

Not many animals or humans eat these neither-oranges-nor-apples. Though a

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New Darden Scholarship Initiative Aimed At Attracting Diverse Candidates To PE, VC & Hedge Fund Jobs

The Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville

It’s no secret that MBAs who land jobs in private equity, venture capital or hedge funds are among the most highly paid graduates of business school. But those lucrative positions often prove elusive to both women and underrepresented minorities. Just 20% of senior leaders at private equity firms in the United States are women, less than 2% are Black, and less than 12% are people of color, according to a 2020 McKinsey & Co. report. Another study by Women in VC found less than 5% of VC

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