Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Garden Update: Mulberries

Although it is not technically in our garden, I thought I would highlight the mulberry tree that hangs over our back fence from our neighbors yard.  The mulberry tree has a pretty short berry season lasting only a few weeks in June/July.  We were able to harvest "our" branches about three times this year.

We harvest the mulberries by placing old window screens on the ground under the tree and then hitting the branches with a long stick.  The berries then fall onto the screens and we pick them up and place them into bowls.

Mulberries taste alot like blackberries only sweeter.  We ate them plain, with whipped cream for dessert, and I used some to make my favorite muffin recipe.

When we first moved into this house my husband informed me that the berries in the yard were edible.  All I knew at the time about wild berries was that you shouldn't eat them because they might be poisonous.  So I didn't.  For years he kept telling me that they were safe to eat.  Well I'm sorry now that I didn't take his word for it because we were really missing out.  Can't wait for next season!


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zaylyn said...

Those look so good! I love mulberries. I am a new follower from Tiggerific Tuesday. Hope you follow back. http://tootsabellarose.blogspot.com/

Debbie said...

That is so cool! There is something special about living off the land. I wish I had a garden and fruit trees so I could grow everything myself.
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Mrs. Taffy said...

Gorgeous Berries and Gorgeous Muffins! I never knew berries could grow on a tree! Berries are such a blessing no matter where they come from! Our raspberries are almost ready to harvest, I can hardly wait!

Briana said...

Looks good. We had a mulberry at one of the houses we rented but I didn't know what to do with them or even how to harvest them. Yours look delicious, so do the muffins.

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The Adventurer said...

What a great idea to use window screens to catch the berries. We had a mulberry bush when I was a kids and made pies:) Great memeories. Thanks for sharing on the NOBH

Carrie Roer said...

I have fond memories of a mulberry tree in our field when I was young! Such good little berries! I found you through the NOBH. :)

Tracy said...

That's my kind of harvesting... no bending over to pick berries. Great idea about the screen catchers and your muffins look delicious! Thanks for sharing on NOBH! :)