I used to spend a lot of time in the summer picking blackberries. At the time, I thought the black and red berries were just blackberries in different stages of ripeness – but when I read this article, on Organic Lifestyle Magazine, I wonder if I was picking mulberries.
I think the caution here is to be careful when you’re foraging!! Be sure you know what you’re eating!
That being said, this article extolls the benefits of mulberries – both the native red and the Asian white mulberries.
It is not at all surprising to me that these little berries are being sold in stores as a superfood! As it turns out, mulberries mean business in the nutrition department. They are fairly high in protein; one handful contains about 3 grams of protein (for comparison- bananas are about 4% protein and mulberries are about 11%.) They are a sweet source of vitamin C ,with about one handful (I don’t necessarily dig the counting’ game when it comes to food, but when I must- it is usually by the handful), a 28-30 gram serving containing around 130% of the recommended daily amount. They’re also a decent source of iron, calcium, magnesium, vitamin K, potassium, and fiber.
The article also includes a couple of recipes for using mulberries. Read on for a wild mulberry and celery smoothie recipe…