… and so the berries form and ripen.
I love to wait till they are full ripened and are about to drop off since they are plump and sweetest then. Kids seem to love them at any stage.
The kids who used to live across the road would pick them even as they were faintly red and declared they were lovely. Oooo, they must have had a liking for sour stuff.
I eat the fully ripened ones straight. The red ones are washed and packed into bags and frozen if they are not used right away. Mum likes to have a store of frozen berries for her muffins and dips. My sis loves to toss them into her fruit salads when she entertains. Whatever the case, we always have room for kilos of mulberries in the freezer.
As soon as all the berries disappear off a branch, I prune that. The leaves are picked and boiled. It makes a good nutritious tea high in antioxidants and nourishes the eyes. The mulberry is said to lower blood pressure and and blood sugar besides other things.
Pointer 7 – What to do with your berries and mulberry leaves
1. Eat the berries fresh before the birds or squirrels or any other 2-legged prey do.
2. Freeze the berries for future use.
3. Try any of these recipes or toss them with a fruit or veg salad.
Personal favorites are mulberry muffins, mulberry dip and mulberry jam.