Chances are most reading this article have fond memories of the children’s rhyme – “Here we go ’round the mulberry bush…the mulberry bush…the mulberry bush.” Unfortunately most children have no idea what a mulberry bush/tree looks like let alone have they ever tasted a fresh mulberry which, by the way, taste wonderful!
Mulberry is also known as Morus fruit and comes from the same tree that is used to raise silkworms, where the worms feed off the plant’s leaves. The fruit is an aggregate fruit composed of many smaller fruits called drupes. Botanically-speaking, it’s not really a berry. The skin is smooth and fragile but as the fruit ripens, the color changes from green to red to dark purple. White mulberry trees also exist and are the ones used for silkworms. Mulberries have a stem attached once picked from the tree which distinguishes them from blackberries and raspberries.
The best time for fresh mulberries is May thru August. Unfortunately, some people consider mulberries a nuisance because of the stains left by the purple fruit when mulberries become ripe and drop to the ground, or birds eat them and leave purple dropping. Mulberries, however, are a great source of nutrients. If you are fortunate enough to have a mulberry tree growing nearby, as my grandmother had in her backyard, harvesting and eating the mulberries can provide great health benefits. Just be sure to wear shoes, if you don’t want purple feet!
Health Benefits of Mulberries
- powerful antioxidant
- lowers blood pressure
- strengthens immune system
- anti-aging properties
- improves blood circulation
- prevents heart disease
- high levels of potassium
- low in calories
- may help with neurological diseases
- excellent source of vitamin C
- free radical scavenger
- excellent source of iron
- good source of manganese & magnesium
- enhances appetite
- rich in B complex
- rich iv vitamin K
- protects against cancer
- cleanses the blood
- cleanses and supports the liver
- strengthens eyesight
- helps with memory
- helps with constipation
- calms nerves
Pineapple-Banana-Mulberry Smoothie Recipe
½ cup pineapple juice – or fresh pineapple
1 banana (use frozen for a colder smoothie)
1 tablespoon raw honey
1 tablespoon Mulberries
Always use organic ingredients when available.
Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. May add ice. Enjoy!