🎶 “We all gather round the mulberry bush, the mulberry bush, the mulberry bush. We all gather round the mulberry bush early in the morning.” 🎵 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 🌳 just doesn’t have that certain ring to it.
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.
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?