PITTSBURGH — A heart-stopping moment the other day was all thanks to a weird-looking fruit that used to feed woolly mammoths tens of thousands of years ago, and it can still be found around Pittsburgh.
The fruits, or monkey balls, typically weigh between 1 and 5 pounds and are usually the size of a baseball. Only the female trees produce fruit, according to The Incline. The fruits are not edible for humans and are basically a ball of latex with white, sticky glue. Some people swear they can be used for pest control.
Mammoths reportedly swallowed the fruit whole. Fast-forward several thousand years, and the trees were used for a time as natural fences, helping them spread to places like Pennsylvania.
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