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!


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  2. Michele says:

    While out harvesting raspberries the past few weeks…I found a WHITE mulberry tree in the yard that I didn’t know we had…what a great surprise…I’d never seen or tasted them before……I do think now the other mulberries have more flavor, though…And YES, the white ones can be used just the same as the others…MARY…If I use them fresh, I just leave them on….if cooking with them in a pie or that…I destem them…yes, it’s kind of a pain, but I don’t care for them in cooked dishes. If you’re cooking them up for something that will be strained or that anway…I’d just leave them on. Many thanks everyone for sharing! I too am learning new things every day from all of you and I love it!

  3. Cari L says:

    We live on an acreage in SW Minnesota and have several mulberry trees all over. Berries are not as big as last years crop. I pick them by hand, watching where I will be going later as my hands do get stained by the berries. I usually just eat them off the tree, and if I have enough left over, I will make a pie with them. I don’t mind the stems in my pie. Just more fiber!!!
    Just saw your new show. LOVED IT!!! Can’t wait for more. Next week when I get to town, I will look for a water pump to make a water fountain. I already have a pot my friend from TX gave me last year and plenty of rocks. Good way to remember my friends in TX. I love the sound of the water babbling. Looking forward to seeing more of your shows. Blessings…..YOU are a gift!

  4. Shelley says:

    We have quite a few mulberry trees and I don’t use them much either. I saw your show on PBS tonight for the first time and I’m glad to have run across this article so I can use them this year!!! My hubby just told me about a place where we could get white mulberries – I have never heard of white ones and would also love to know if they can be used the same way as the purple ones.
    I’m looking forward to reading more of your stuff and watching more episodes of your show! I hope it’s a regular.
    Blessings to you!!

  5. Caroline says:

    When I was a kid our acreage was bordered by mulberry trees. We would use the “shake the tree” method to get them down because the trees were so big. My favorite thing was the mulberry milkshakes we would get to have as ‘special treat’ in the summers. And pancake syrup. I always wish I still had mulberry trees!

  6. Jack Reed says:

    There is a Mulberry tree growing over the fence from the neighbors yard, and they are white mulberries. Is there any difference in taste, or how to cook with them? I have never eaten a mulberry and don’t know what I would do with them anyway. They’ve just littered the ground and attracted bees and birds. What would be an easy beginner thing to do with them?

  7. Michele says:

    Donna…hard to believe you’re not getting berries yet….they seem to spread and grow so quickly around here….I do hope yours gets with the program soon! :) ha….I’d send you some, but Celeste is right…they’re best dealt with ‘fresh’ and ‘fast’!
    Celeste, have you had success with freezing them? Are they a good seller for you?
    Mulberry syrup sounds like a good one to try, Kate! I just may do that this weekend.
    They are so plentiful..and they really are tasty….it’s a shame that they’re not better utilized, eh?

  8. Celeste says:

    I live on an acreage in East Central Nebraska and we have a mulberry tree growing, literally, wherever a bird happens to have pooped at one time or another. In fact, purple bird droppings in the firs sign around here that the Mulberries are ready. I actually sell them at an Omaha Farmer’s market for $8/lb. I’m not sure why they are not more popular other than they don’t hold up well. if you pick them you should eat them right away or turn them into jam or pie because they degrade really fast. My preferred method of picking (and I’ve tried them all) is to spread clean tarps and clean old sheets under the tree and use a long stick to shake the tree branches–then carefully hand pick the berries off the drop cloths and into containers. This is pretty efficient and this way you get tons of berries and very little debris. It’s a good family activity.

  9. Donna A Grimm says:

    15 years ago i moved from my home in l.I ny.there i left a big 25 year old mulberrie tree…………i have planted a new tree its going to be 5 this year.i think maybe within the next 10 years we will have mulberries…..lol

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