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Mulberries? Mulberries!

Mystery Berry Tree

[social_buttons] There was a fruiting mystery tree in our back yard that sure looked a lot like it might be full of mulberries. You don’t get much more local than berries harvested just a few feet from the back door. I was a little bit concerned about eating berries that I wasn’t 100% sure about though, so I did what any curious person with no idea what to do would: I asked Facebook.

Fortunately, a friend over there recommended contacting my “cooperative extension agent.” You can apparently just google “cooperative extension agent” along with the name of your city to track this person down. My family is in the Atlanta area, so ours was located at UGA, but anyone can find theirs by searching the USDA site.

After emailing him a few digital photos of the berries and the tree, he confirmed that what I had were mulberries – totally edible, non-poisonous mulberries!

Fresh Picked Mulberries

We got some great suggestions about what to do with the haul over on Facebook, but I thought I’d put the question to you guys, too! What would you do if you suddenly discovered a mulberry tree producing tons of fruit?

11 comments
  1. Stacy (StacyGrowsHealthy)

    That’s great! I would love to find berry trees/bushes outside my home. So much so that I have planted several and am just waiting for their fruit! I’ve never had mulberries, so I would probably try them plain, and maybe try adding it to smoothies or oatmeal. Enjoy!

  2. cathy

    This is the second post in as many days that I have read about mulberries! I so wish I could try some! In the other post, the author made a delicious looking mulberry sorbet, though he was tempted to just eat them as berries and cream.

  3. walt

    We have had a mulberry tree outside our back door for more than 45 years. I have had them prepared every way imaginable. They are great on cereal, in oatmeal, in pies , muffins and cobblers. They make great jam and are good in smoothies. Just about anything you can do with a rasberry or blue berry you can do with a mullberry, and YOU GET BUCKETS AND BUCKETS, AND BUCKETS, AND… OFF ONE MATURE TREE, AND THE BEST PART IS THEY ARE FREE ! ! ! ! While red in color, they are slightly tart, but when they turn deep purple they are as sweet and juicy as any berry I have ever had.

    1. eatdrinkbetter

      So awesome! I love the idea of a sauce for ice cream. When I was a kid, my sister and I went berry picking withour grandmother and made a compote with part of the haul that was delicious on ice cream.

  4. Zach

    i love mulberries. we found some at a neighborhood school as a child & ended up making a bunch of pies with them… :D

  5. Anne Olson

    A friend has a mulberry tree and we would pick them daily while the fruit was out. Needless to say we were eating fresh mulberries for snacks, meals, etc. We would just eat them plain or with yogurt. One day we took a bowl with us on a road trip to snack on. Well we stopped for gas and didn’t think about it, until we got back into the car to find that Daisy, my friend’s adorable and impossible to be mad at golden retriever, had gobbled the entire bowl! :)

    1. eatdrinkbetter

      Yep! I made some following a blueberry muffin recipe, just subbing whole mulberries in place of blueberries. They were good! I also did half white and half wheat flour, so they were perfect for breakfast.

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