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Why Are You Selling Horse Apples, Iowa?

I think I may have found a way to retire early in Iowa, and all I have to do is drive a truckload of inedible fruit!

I was walking through the Coralville Hy-Vee when I noticed a familiar sight snuggled into the produce section. Something I never thought I would see amongst the onions and garlic. Something that grows wild and abundant where I’m from. I’m talking about the horse apple…or as they apparently call them in Iowa… Hedge Apples.

Tom E. Gunn
Tom E. Gunn

As you can see scribbled on the sign, these things are not for eating. Some say that they can be used as an insect repellent. My brothers said that they could be used to throw at me. In my experience, my brothers were the most correct.

But seriously, I know a place where people push these out of the way so kids can play on the playground. Thousands of dollars are being wasted!

If anyone wants to get in on the ground floor with me on this, I need someone to drive me to Shreveport, Louisiana with a truck (possibly with a Thunder 6000) so we can pick up our first load of green gold!

Just don’t tell my brothers.

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