Have you had the pleasure of biting into a ripe and juicy black mulberry? This delicious fruit is enjoyed in jams, sauces, and desserts but it is also a nutritional powerhouse. Let's take a closer look at what the black mulberry has to offer.
Black Mulberry: Origins
Black mulberries, also known as blackberries (although they come from different plants), are a dark-colored berry native to western Asia. They have been cultivated in Europe since before Roman times.
Cool fact: Mulberry trees are prized for their leaves as they are the only food that silkworms can consume.
Black Mulberry: Nutrition
One cup (140g) of black mulberries contains just 60 calories. They are rich in antioxidants, especially vitamin C and vitamin C, and are a good source of vitamin K, iron and potassium.
Black Mulberry: Recipes
Black mulberries can be substituted with blackberries in most recipes. They make a wonderful topping for fruit tarts and creamy desserts such as cheesecake. If you decide to go this route remember to brush melted apricot jam over the black mulberries to make them extra glossy.
For a refreshing treat try adding black mulberries to a batch of lemonade or even a pitcher of fresh water. Their flavor adds a luxurious touch to any beverage.
Black mulberries are also delicious in smoothies and may be preserved to be enjoyed when they are not in season. Try this easy jam recipe and simply substitute the blueberries for black mulberries. You'll love the results!