WITHOUT even trying. They’re just naturally there, fresh for the picking. Gotta love that.
We have SEVERAL trees in our yard and to be honest, we have never made an effort to really take advantage of ALL the fruit that gets produced on them each year. We’d pick enough to enjoy here and there and let nature have the rest.
This year however, we’re going to make more of an effort to see what all we can realistically harvest and then store and use throughout the year.
They’re one of those berries that I love to pick and eat off the tree, but I don’t find them QUITE as exciting and versatile as some of the other berries like raspberries, strawberries, etc…I’ve used them to make sauces, pies, muffins and inks and that’s about it. If I’m cooking with them, I do prefer to take the stem off. I made a pie without doing that in hopes that the stems would cook down, but they were still there and even though de-stemming is a PAIN…I like the (without stems) end result better.
What about you…are you ‘Stems’, or ‘No Stems’?
I need to continue experimenting with more recipes and more ways to use.
Are they an acquired taste to some, I wonder?
They’re great mixed in with other berries, so it will definitely extend our frozen berry supply for the year.
I’m also undecided on which way is the best way to ‘pick’….
There’s the whole ‘spread out a sheet on the ground and shake the tree method’ which scores you more berries, more quickly, but what comes with that is a lot of the debris from the tree and it makes the fragile berries a lot messier to deal with.
The handpicking method seems to keep the berries in better shape but it sure is TIME CONSUMING and not very practical if you’re trying to harvest from several trees.
What’s your preferred method?
It’s hard to explain but being able to pick things that grow wild in my own backyard makes food preparation that much more EXCITING for me!
Nature is SO cool. ::)
CHEERS to Mulberries!
Would love, love, love to hear some of your favorite uses/recipes for Mulberries!