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What are hedge apples good for?

Does anyone know what Hedge Apples are good for? I thought they were a spider deterrent?

Mary from LeRoy, IL


What are hedge apples good for?

Mostly they are good to feed squirrels and other wild animals. Deer will eat them if they are starving.
There are some that swear by them as bug deterrents, but it takes a lot of them. They get in the way, and as they are an organic material, they will rot. Kids like to throw them at each other.


I saw a craft once using sliced hedge apples that were dried then painted, but it was hard to cut them and they weren't pretty enough to go to the trouble. (09/28/2006)

By Carla B

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August 23, 20160 found this helpful

I know of people in my area. That has had cancer give a year to live. They heard about hedge apples. Thought what would it hurt. You freeze 3 whole hedge apples in the freeze. Then cut off a teaspoon is the morning and teaspoon in the night. Do it for 90 days. They taste like cucumber. The other man had skin caner and was healed.

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January 4, 20180 found this helpful

Folks, I do wish that if you are not a medical professional you would cease suggesting things such as Hedge Apples as a cancer treatment. Some natural alternatives and oils work well with surgery, chemo, and other medical procedures, but they can also cause great damage or, worse, cause complications or even death. Each type of cancer is different and are at different stages when diagnosed, making this disease extremely variable in approaches to cure or at least slow down the progress.


There are professionals in natural healing and modern medicine who are capable of making the proper diagnosis and suggestions for addressing cancer. Maybe Hedge Apples cured someone or maybe they didn't have cancer in the first place. Be careful and be advised that ingesting anything without proper knowledge is a recipe for disaster. Btw, I am blessed to be in remission from a rare genetic form of Stage 3 Endometrial Cancer, so I know a thing or two about combining surgery, chemo, and natural remedies. There is a time and place for everything.

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