Fresh Mulberries

The first day of summer is days away and we are well into summer berry season. The basket of mulberries pictured above was hand picked by Peter (my husband) from the mulberry tree in our backyard and we are grateful for it.

Flashback to December when we first laid eyes on the tall leafless tree, we had no idea it was a fruit-bearing tree until a few months later one spring day. On that day, Peter called for me to come outside to look at the tree. He noticed fruit growing from it. We called my mother out to join in on the investigation. She said it is a mulberry tree that bore white mulberries two years ago, and that last year it did not bring any fruit. We were surprised and delighted!

Reading about this fruit, I learned that mulberries ripen over an extended period of time unlike many other fruits that seem to come all at once. Also, botanically the fruit is not a berry but a collective fruit that resembles a blackberry.

Since our happy discovery mulberries abound. This tree is quite prolific. I have to confess, I was slightly disappointed that the mulberries were not white. They started out white to a pale yellow-green, then changed to a reddish color, then to shades of purple-lavender to dark purplish-black. My guess is that they are black mulberries, then again, they might just be white mulberries based on what I read about each variety.

The Varieties

Over a hundred varieties and many hundreds more sub-varieties exist, way too many to list here, and mulberry trees can be found in almost any altitudes and climates in the world.

Black mulberries are large, juicy, and sweet.
It is considered the best-flavored species of mulberry.

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