What are Mulberries?
Mulberries actually grow on trees rather than the bush so many children sing about. The trees are fast growing and produce a massive amount of berries each season. There are several colors of mulberries from a deep dark red, to white. The white variety are growing in popularity as a superfood sold in health food stores. The leaves of the white mulberry tree are used as food for silk worms.
Nutritional Value of Mulberries
Mulberries are acutally a good source of raw food protein, a rarity in the fruit kingdom. They are also a good source of magnesium, potassium, riboflavin, iron, calcium, vitamin C, and fiber. One of the mulberry's greatest health assets is it's high concentration of resveratrol, an antioxidant currently being studied for its effects on heart health. An ancient fruit of Asia, the mulberry is touted in medicinal folklore as a remedy for ringworm, insomnia, arthritis, and tapeworm.
Uses for Mulberries in Food
If you live in a warm climate and are lucky enough to have mulberry trees you can enjoy them fresh off the tree. Perfect for raw foodists! This is how they are at their most nutritionally significant as well as delicious. They do, however, grow in such great abundance that you'll be needing to find other uses for them as they will only keep for a couple days after picking. Common and well loved uses for mulberries include: jam, jellies, freezing for later use, smoothies, pancakes, dessert sauces, cobbler, and mulberry wine.
As for the dried mulberries found in stores, they go great in: smoothies, trail mix, oatmeal, granola, and, of course, right out of the bag!