Yesterday, my dear friend gave me 1 jar of mulberry jam. Instantly , flavors brought me back to my childhood. Me, climbing to the peak of mulberry tree trying to reach most delicious fruit existing. Of course, mother wasn’t so happy about it (black hands, face, clothes, :))…
The mulberry tree takes its name from its fruit, which looks like an elongated blackberry or raspberry. There are three species of mulberry, which vary in size and habitat. Their berry color may be deep purple, red, pink or white, depending on the species. Some newer fruitless cultivars have been produced to serve as ornamental trees.
Delicious, fleshy, succulent mulberries are low in calories (just 43 calories per 100 g). They contain health promoting phyto-nutrient compounds like polyphenol pigment antioxidants, minerals and vitamins that are essential for optimum health.
The Roman mythological tale of Pyramus and Thisbe provides a story of the mulberry fruit’s color. According to the tale, after the two lovers die tragically, the gods listen to Thisbe’s lament and forever change the color of the mulberry fruits into their red stained color to honor the forbidden love.
Mulberry tree was inspiration also for one of the greatest paintor ever walked the Earth. Van Gogh painted The Mulberry Tree in October of 1889 less than a year before he would die. Like most of his art, it was done during a period of highs and lows painted during a time of great self-awareness and yet surrounded by chaos.
The mulberry likes to send its roots down deep, you would know it is hard to dig up a mulberry tree that has been growing for a long time. Black mulberries have been known to bear fruit for hundreds of years. An old mulberry tree can live longer than people and keep making fruits for hundreds of years.
I have no choice, but, while waiting for the summer and first mulberries, to look for best recipes and prepare myself for picking those once again :). One example is recipe below…