The mulberry fruit is a sweet yet mild berry that looks similar to the more popular blackberry.
Mulberry Trees And Their Berries
Also known as the genus “Morus”, mulberry trees are flowering trees that are typically found in the wild in most temperate places around the world. These trees grow pretty fast when they’re young, but don’t typically get much taller than 30-50 feet.
The fruit that appears on the end of mulberry branches grows in bunches about an inch long. At first, these little berry clusters start off pink, then become a darker red as they get to their ripest point. Once fully ripe, the berries will be a dark red color and will have a sweet flavor.
Of course, there are a couple of varieties of mulberry that end up looking a little different. This is heavily dependent on the region they’re grown, as well as the tree that they’re grown from.
These varieties include black, red, and white mulberries. Each of these varieties can be found in Northern Africa, India, and the Middle East, but it wasn’t until the 17th century that the black mulberry was imported to Central Europe and Britain.
A Potential Pollen Hazard
Though mulberries do produce some pretty yummy fruits, they’ve actually been banned in some North American cities. The growing of these berries involves a whole lot of pollen, which can trigger allergic reactions or in some extreme cases, asthma attacks.
A Common Pie Filling
Have you heard of mulberry pie? It’s one of the most common ways this delicious fruit is eaten! Of course, mulberry pie isn’t the only way to enjoy the mulberry.
Typically, the fruit of the mulberry is considered to be both tart and refreshing. It’s therefore great in herbal teas, wines, cordials, and jams, particularly the black and red mulberries, which have the strongest flavors.
More Mulberry Desserts
Pie isn’t the only way to use mulberries, though.
The Mulberry Kuchen is a cake recipe that is super yummy and uses the darker variety of these fruits.
Round The Mulberry Bush
One of the most well-known pop culture references to the mulberry is the English nursery rhyme “Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush”.
The rhyme was initially recorded by James Orchard Halliwell as a children’s game in the mid-1800s, changing the words from a similar game that used the phrase “bramble bush” instead.
However, it’s thought that the actual origins of the song itself came from HMP Wakefield’s female prisoners. There was a mulberry tree on the prison grounds around which these prisoners would exercise.
Mulberries And Silk
The leaves of the mulberry tree, especially the white mulberry, are the only existing food source of the silkworm, making the plant integral to the production of silk.
Additionally, the color of the darker mulberry fruit has been used as a natural food colorant and is also a fairly cheap method for dyeing fabric.
Try Mulberries In Your Next Dessert
If you haven’t gotten the chance to try this sweet berry, add it to your grocery list and give the fruit – and its many dessert options – a try.