I’m kind of excited about growing osage orange for rot resistant posts. I’m hopeful that once I have harvestable size trees established that the stump sprouts will grow quickly enough that they’ll outgrow any competition (making management easy) and re-grow decent size posts in 15-20 years. I’m hoping to acquire and plant some thornless cultivars next year, particularly Denmark, Whiteshield, Park, Dawson, and K-3, cultivars which seemed to maybe be slightly more inclined toward better growth form for posts/timber.
As for che fruit, I’ve found myself eating 1 or 2 fruits each year. My children eat more. I like my tree, especially because it’s care-free and ornamental, but I sure wouldn’t want a whole row of them.