This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V24", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
Prof. C. V. Riley called attention some time since to the fact that the common silk worm would do as well on osage orange leaves as on mulberry, Last year the Women's Silk Culture Association, of Philadelphia, had silk from osage-fed worms sent to Itschner's factory. It was returned in the shape of a silk ribbon to the ladies with the following letter: "We send you twenty yards of ribbon made from the silk raised on Osage 'Orange leaves, handed to us during your late exhibition. We see no difference in the dye or weaving from other silk".