Saturday, June 8, 2013

A wonderful surprise...the mulberry!

We found a mulberry tree in the back, however it's never produced fruit so we thought it a male. Many Mulberry species are dioecious, which means their is a male and female tree, and you need both within a certain distance in order to produce fruit.

Just last week we were talking about taking it down, it is partially dead and grew very high (almost too high for berry harvest).

Well, much to my surprise (and enjoyment) I found berries on it this year! It is a female! There aren't too many, not nearly enough for jam...but just enough for teasing the taste bud! I picked a few ripe ones to sample! They are lightly sweet, and perfect for eating fresh!

Now we're debating pruning it this winter and trying to revive it. Or still taking it down and planting new ones, which we can control the height...decisions, decisions!

-Live Simple, Be Happy-
Magnolia Holler

1 comment:

  1. We have a lot of those trees here which I recently discovered were mulberries. Even though I'm a farm girl I'm still afraid to pick them. But I should. I would love a new jam flavor.