Mulberry Season

June 11, 2008 at 6:38 pm Leave a comment

Mulberries are out and ripe for the picking. There are quite a few trees in Forest Hills though not as many as there used to be. The berries, which get human foragers and avian grazers berry berry excited, create a big mess as they splat on the ground and attract yet more birds and insects—in the past few years, three trees close to my apartment were taken down.

The mulberries come in two main colors/flavors: white (Morus alba) and deep red-purple (Morus rubra). The white ones are straight-sweet while the darker ones have a bit of a tang. We like the darker ones for their flavor and their high levels of antioxidants and resveratrol, and put them in shakes and pancakes. In general, most of the mulberry trees in FoHi live very close to heavy traffic and I don’t know for sure if they’re safe (I’ve heard and read mixed things). But in Forest Park there are some large trees whose fruits should be fine for consumption.

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