Mulberry Trees and Berries
April 27, 2016
We have 3 mulberry trees on the property. We chose them not only for the fruit but because they are fast growing and will provide shade in the yard where the kids play.
This is our first year getting mulberries and Colt can spot them from across the yard.
The berries go from green to white to red to dark purple, then they are ready to eat.
The dark berry in the picture below will be completely ripe tomorrow and it will be the first thing Colt asks about when he wakes up.
We have been eating mulberries from two of the trees. The third tree was run down by a Power Wheels and has been slowly recovering. It took a month longer than the others to get its leaves and has had white berries on it for awhile now. I assumed they weren’t ripening because of the shock…until I looked closer.
They are white mulberries and already ripe. Duh. So we ate them.
Surprisingly, the white mulberries taste completely different from the very tart dark red mulberries. They are bland and have an almost vanilla or honey like flavor. I thought they were good, Colt did not.
There is some interesting info about white mulberries online so, it’s probably true, right?
- A white mulberry flower releases its pollen at 350 mph making it the fastest known movement in the plant kingdom.
- The male trees do not produce fruit but many still plant them as fast growing shade trees without the mess of the berries.
- It is listed as an invasive species in parts of North America because they hybridize with the red mulberry trees and it is creating some long-term concerns for the species.
- The leaf extracts of the white mulberry tree have been used to effectively neutralize the effects of a Viper bite.
- There are all kinds of health benefits of mulberries too including treating diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, fevers, colds, joint pain and most importantly, premature graying of the hair.
Mulberries are very delicate. As soon as you touch them, the juice stains whatever it touches. They also rot quickly and should be eaten right away or preserved. This explains why they aren’t sold in stores.
I’ve heard the same two complaints about mulberry trees. They’re a mess and the birds eat all the fruit. Hopefully, Colt will continue to get to the berries before the birds do, or before they fall to the ground. I’ll try to make sure the berries on the ground go to the chickens before being smashed in our shoes and tracked in the house. Until that happens, these mulberry trees have earned a place in my favorite plant file.
I’d like to get enough mulberries this season to make jam and possibly wine. If not, the cuttings sound like they root easily…we may have to add a few more to our collection.
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