Mulberries!

It’s mulberry season once again.  In my opinion, one of the finest tasting berries available.  However you will not find these in your local supermarket, the berries are so fragile, they cannot be shipped without turning into mush.  To enjoy these exquisite berries, you need to plant a mulberry tree.  The mulberry is native to China where it serves as the host plant for the silkworm where we get…silk from.  These trees were planted extensively along the silk road in Asia to support the silk trade.  In modern times, someone decided it was a good idea to develop a non-fruiting mulberry tree.  Mulberry trees are messy; when the fruit drops, it can stain concrete, so I get why someone would prefer the non-fruiting variety for landscaping purposes.   But for me I just make sure to plant mulberry trees away from “civilized” structures and eagerly await the annual July harvest of scrumptious, delicate berries.  If I can keep the girls from eating all of them as they are harvested, I usually try to freeze a few bags of the berries to use in smoothies during the winter months. These days, I am hesitant to plant anything that doesn’t yield me some type of food.  There are plenty of decorative trees that produce food as an added bonus. 

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