{Green Living} Do you know your way around the Mulberry Bush?

A few days ago, my husband and I picked some 6 pounds of mulberries from one of three trees in our yard. As I was picking, a group of children walked by, one commenting he thought those berries were poisonous. My husband handed him one and told him to try it, and the kid said with some surprise that it was quite sweet. Well, yes. Yes it was.

It seems the Mulberry tree has gotten such a bad reputation that people in these parts routinely let the berries go to the birds. Weird, huh? Mulberry trees grow wild in so many parts of the country, and it’s pretty much free food. I like free food =)

Mulberry Sorbet:

Anyway, whether you’re getting immediate gratification from making a pie, making jam, starting the fermenting process on some wine, or even using the berries as a natural dye, the mulberry is an amazing fruit. What is your favorite way to use Mulberries? Share please =)

(mine? the above sorbet in a martini glass with a splash of vodka, chambord and a sprig of basil. yep.)

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  1. Mulberry season will be right upon us in a couple of weeks. They are excellent in smoothies or a simple coffee cake. When I was little I was taught also that it was something for the birds, but here in Hungary they are distilled for brandy!
    Makes for an excellent finger paint project for little ones too!

  2. Nerrissa says:

    I don’t have the pleasure of picking mulberries now, but my grandparents had a tree in their backyard when I was small. It was so big, I would have to wait for berries to fall to the ground before I could eat one. I made sure to eat the freshly fallen ones. I loved the smell of the berries, even after they fell and started fermenting on the ground.

  3. American kids keep ant farms, Spanish kids keep silk worms. We would get some eggs from a friend, put them in a shoe box, where they would hatch around mid March. Silk worms LOVE mulberry leaves, so we would always be on the lookout for trees. It was great to follow their development: the hatching of the little eggs, how fast the caterpillars grow, the pupa stage, watching the moths emerge from the silk cocoons, mate and lay eggs.

  4. Emily West says:

    One of my favorite jam recipes of all time was made from mullberries! I am not sure if you actually “picked” the berries from the tree, but I found out that putting a tarp/groundcloth out overnight can be a very good alternative to picking them :)

  5. Mulberries are amazing, they dye marvelously the silk made by worms that eat …mulberry leaves!

  6. I’m always on the lookout for good mulberry recipes around this time of year. Thanks so much for sharing your delicious-sounding sorbet recipe. I can’t wait to try it!

    • We have a bunch of wild blackberries that are a little tart, I love to combine them because they really balance each other out.

  7. I have never eaten mulberries, just sang that silly song that, thanks to you, is now racketing around my head! I will so some investigation to see where they grow around here.

    And just randomly: it cracks me up that one of the kids accepted a ‘poisonous’ berry from your husband. If only I were that brave!

    • I know! But we were eating them, so ? The thing with them being poisonous does have a very small base in truth. If you eat them before they’re ripe (they should be dark purple, at least the variety that grows here) you will get quite a tummyache!

  8. omg, they’re beautiful!! bet they are equally delish!

  9. Lori, your mulberry sorget looks awesome! Will try.

  10. I make infusions with the leaves. I make tea with them, especially for cough from dry lungs. My other herbal friend uses the leaves for diabetes. Here is a blog post I made a couple years ago about the leaves