Saturday, June 12, 2010

Early Summer is Mulberry Season

Eating mulberries is one of my favorite summer memories. My brother and I knew where all the mulberry trees were in our neighborhood, and every June we’d make the rounds, collecting the sweet, juicy fruits. I’m not sure what we did with the berries we collected. I do remember putting them on ice cream. Perhaps that’s because most of them ended up in our mouths instead of in the bowl.

I’ve passed on the love of mulberries to our children. While most people “diss” mulberry trees because they don’t like the purple stains from the berries, we actually planted a tree in our yard. Eating the first mulberry is the sign of summer in our house.

We still eat many of the berries straight off the tree, but we also manage to save some for future use. Mulberries freeze easily in little baggies and add a sweet taste and appealing color to fruit smoothies (simply mix nonfat yogurt and fruit in the blender to make a smoothie).

We also love the taste of freezer jam made with mulberries. Freezer jam is easy to make and preserves the freshly-picked flavor much better than canning. Just buy a box of pectin, lots of sugar, and follow the enclosed directions for raspberry freezer jam .

I love mulberries so much that I even wrote a couple of articles about them. You can see them here:

What about you? Do you love or disdain mulberries? What are your favorite mulberry memories? Feel free to leave a comment.


  1. We had mulberry trees all over our farm where I grew up. There was one in particular that grew right next to a fence and had great climbing branches--a little unusual for a mulberry tree. As kids, we'd climb the fence up to the tree branches, climb up a little farther and sit in the tree and eat mulberries. Our chickens loved the berries that fell (or were tossed) into their pen. I only remember a few times when we collected berries, and I don't remember if/how we preserved them. I like to eat a few when we find them, but I wouldn't say I love them.

  2. I have NEVER tasted a mulberry! Didn't know there was such a berry. I grew up in Arizona where we had a couple mulberry trees in the yard but I never really knew they gave forth berries! As it turns out, mulberry trees are banned from the Phoenix area because they cause so many allergies. You can't buy them, nor olive trees, anymore. People used to come to Phx to escape their allergies. Now it seems it is one of the worst allergy places in the country.

  3. P.S. Greetings to another Iditarod fan! Someday I intend to make it up there for the start(s)!

  4. Cathy, thanks for sharing the memories.
    Judi, how sad that you have never tasted a mulberry. I'd love to make it to the Iditarod too - hopefully someday.

  5. 私は桑の実を食べたことがありませんが、こんなかわいい実だったんですね。日本には「桑の実」をうたった童謡があったように思います。


  6. This is Marcia's brother, mentioned in her article. I also remember all the mulberries we ate behind LCS in the summers (those trees are gone now), and I still LOVE mulberries. There is a long row of them growing wild along a creek in the university research farm near our house, and in May, my wife and I have sometimes gone that way for our run and then stopped to "sample" the sweet delights! Of course, your fingers are all red and purple afterwards. What a wonderful destination for our run! One time, we drove there and took a bunch home for ice cream - what a treat. I wish they produced fruit all summer.

  7. ya... summer is an excellent season, because of lots of berries and mushrooms)