Mulberry trees make messy sidewalks in this city, and the purple paths underneath their fruitful boughs epitomize everything that’s wrong with urban society today.
Mulberry (Morus) is a genus of deciduous trees native to
The Life of a Mulberry Tree
Mulberry trees grow fast when they’re young, but after a few years the growth slows – the adult tree rarely exceeds twelve meters in height. Mulberries can be grown from seed, which is advised as seedling-grown trees often have a better shape and are healthier. The trees take about eight years to mature.
Mulberries are delicious
The fruit is almost two centimeters long, dark purple to black, edible, with a sweet flavour. In pioneer times these berries were a wholesome addition to pies, tarts, jams and jellies, wines and cordials. The fruit of the black mulberry has the strongest flavour. Each adult tree can produce a massive amount of fruit – one Mulberry tree will produce an equivalent to an acre of strawberries and three acres of raspberries.
Mulberries are good for you
The mature berry contains significant amounts of resveratrol. David Sinclair of the
An unfortunate pollen problem
Some North American cities have banned mulberry trees
altogether because of the massive amounts of pollen they produce. One report made
The Mulberry Mystery
The unripe fruit and green parts of the plant have a white
sap that’s said to be intoxicating and mildly hallucinogenic. According to Peterson’s
Field Guide for Medicinal Plants,
1990, Native Americans made medicine from the roots and used Mulberry sap to
treat ringworm. Mulberry wood makes excellent fence posts - the wood doesn’t easily
decay in the ground. This mysterious plant still has many secrets to share – its composition is
radically different than every other species of tree in
Why no mulberries on the market?
Fuel Ghoul has attended strawberry socials, and pear harvest parties and they’re both a lot of fun. I’ve
paid over six bucks a quart for raspberries, and more than five dollars a pint for blackcaps (black raspberries) and quite often this fruit is imported from
A Mulberry Festival could make millions
Why don’t we plan annual social events around the mulberry harvest? Any