Have You Ever Tried a Mulberry???

Sweet Surprise this Morning

šŸŽ¶  “We all gather round the mulberry bush, the mulberry bush, the mulberry bush. We all gather round the mulberry bush early in the morning.” šŸŽµ This song had its beginning in ,believe it or not, a women’s prison! Apparently there was a mulberry tree in the prison yard that the women would do their morning calisthenics around. Consequently, there is no such thing as the mulberry bush. However, mulberry tree šŸŒ³ just doesn’t have that certain ring to it.

Mulberry Grove in the Backyard

Few people have ever tried this very mild berry. It has the appearance of a blackberry but the more subtle flavor of the blueberry.

The reason most have not tried the mulberry in its raw form is that mulberries are very fragile. It is simply not cost effective to farm them. They won’t be sold in grocery stores, though you may luck out and see them at a roadside stand.

The Mulberry has a very light flavor though it resembles a blackberry.
The mulberry tree grows to impressive heights!

This morning as I was throwing the ball for our super energetic dog, I noticed the mulberry trees now were full of ripe beautiful   dark berries. We had just moved to this little Midwestern town in the winter and had never seen a mulberry tree before. I was excited to finally get to try one.

My first impressions? Meh. No wonder they are not a popular treat! The flavor is just not there. Nonetheless, I do think they will be an excellent baking berry that could add a little extra texture and color to pancakes, jams, or a smoothie? The berry is still slightly sweet. Perfect for someone without a raging sweet tooth. Not me. I have more sugar running through my veins than Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory.

Although I may not be a fan of the mild, I do enjoy novelty. It was fun to try something new. I’m still going to drag out our tall ladder and have a go at collecting mulberries. Anyone want to come over for some pancakes with mulberry syrup?

My small collection of berries from the low hanging branches.

5 responses to “Have You Ever Tried a Mulberry???”

  1. hey this is cool

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  2. When I was a child, Grandma would put an old sheet under her big mulberry tree and then shake the branches with the garden rake. Collecting the berries was much easier from the sheet. Berries could be dumped from the sheet into a basket.

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    1. That is a great idea! I spent quite a bit of time picking berries yesterday with not much of a yield. Also there are many branches I could not reach, but with the help of a rake I might be able to get to those lil guys. Thanks so much!

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  3. I have mixed them with nectarines for added flavor.

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    1. Great idea šŸ’”, I’ll have to try that.

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