‘Tis the season of mulberries!
About 50 years ago, mulberries must have been all the rage. There are two mammoth black mulberry trees on my street (one so large we cannot harvest it, even by shaking). Within two blocks on a neighboring street, there are two white mulberry trees. (Their fruit is so sweet it is a treat to eat it! So don’t overlook the white berries.)
Yesterday, I went with Judy (a fabulous BOP volunteer) and Emily (our fabulous Summer Harvest Coordinator) and picked the mulberries from these neighboring trees.
An hour and a half later, slightly damp from the gentle rain, with mildly stained hands and several containers of delicate berries, we made our way home. Five pounds heavier. (In our bags, not in our stomachs!)
Now five pounds might not sound like a lot, and because of how labor intensive the work is (but fun and cathartic!) and how fragile the fruit is, BOP does not harvest these berries to give away. But they are great for a small group to harvest for themselves. Five pounds equals roughly 2 gallons worth of berries. Eaten one by sweet one, that is a lot of berries.
You can find mulberry recipes on our site here.
Chances are, you can also find mulberry trees near you. They are easiest to find by looking down and seeing all the berries on the ground.
Then, if you can, get a few friends and forage or glean or harvest them to your heart’s content. (The most efficient harvesting method is spreading a sheet beneath a laden branch, with a person holding each end of the sheet so it is suspended in air like a trampoline, and then having the third person shake the branches. The berries rain down.)
Eat them raw, baked, cooked, dried or preserved. They are mightily nutritious, a delicacy in some places and a rare seasonal treat.