Yesterday a friend and I managed to make it to Saint James Art Fair for a few hours (which is no way nearly enough time). We browsed the vendors on Saint James Court and Belgravia Court and that was it. I was enthralled with so many of the artists' works as it was a feast for the eyes!
To get to the Fair which borders on a small urban park called Central Park we walked through the park and Donna spotted these green things on the ground which neither of us had ever seen. She kicked one and it was hard like a ball. I asked someone who was passing through if he knew what these strange things where called and he identified it as some type of "orange" but not in the edible way. He said he places them in his basement to keep crickets away. He said they are filled with black seeds. They grow on a few trees in the park. I was just fit to be tied at these strange and new to me fruit. I was telling a girlfriend about them today and she said they use to grow abundantly in her area in Pennsylvania and they played with them as kids and called them Monkey Balls and added they "green" stink when cut open. But I was so fascinated with them that I brought one home. My new neighbor downstairs wanted me to cut it open to see the inside but I'm not ready to do that yet. Not until I know what they are called and what the tree is called. Here it is:
Its the size of a grapefruit. What in the world is this mystery fruit called? Even beyond the art works, this thing, whatever it is, was the true find for the day.
Addendum: Thank you Amy for identifying this fruit for me. For those who are just as curious as I am- Osage Orange, i.e. Hedge Apple.