When Life Gives You Mulberries…

You all remember when I bought those mulberries from the farmers market last week, right? Well, after explaining to Paul what they were and that yes, they were in fact edible, he said to me “you realize we have one of those in our backyard, right?” My ears perked up. Now, our backyard isn’t all that huge, but in the four years that we’ve lived here, I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve wandered to that corner of the yard. Curious to see if it was in fact a mulberry bush, I took a look. It’s growing in between the split of our tree (while I know that will probably be a problem in the future, for the moment, I’m not going to worry about it).

Upon closer inspection, and after taking a leaf inside to compare with pictures of mulberry bushes on the internet, we found out that yes, indeed – it is a mulberry bush! Yay!

The great thing about the bush is that the berries, once they start ripening, do so very quickly. I can pick all the ripe berries and then 2 days later, have just as many newly ripe berries. I’ve been yielding about 2 cups of berries each time I pick them.

With the first batch, I made a jar of what promises to be lovely mulberry vinegar (which I plan on posting about in much more detail (including the recipe) when it’s done steeping in about 4 weeks). The next batch? Cobbler, of course. It is quite delicious – reminds me of a cross between blackberries and raspberries. Can I just say how thrilled I am to have something wild and edible growing where I can make use of it? You can’t get any more local than that…

Mulberry Cobbler
recipe by Sarah Ganly 

2 c. mulberries
1/4 – 1/2 c. sugar
6 tbsp. butter
3/4 c. flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
3/4 c. milk

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees . Next you will need to mix the berries with the sugar, and you can add some apple slices if you like. Sometimes I slice and chop one or two apples and throw them in for variety. After the fruit and sugar is thoroughly mixed melt the butter and pour it into an eight inch square glass dish.

Now mix all of the dry ingredients, and add the milk; remember to keep the berries separate! You can add some granola and/or oats to add some texture. You can also add some lemon zest to the batter in order to spice it up a bit. If you do not want to add these ingredients it will still be delicious, but you can always keep them in mind for latter.

A very important step in this recipe is to pour the batter into the dish. You do not want to mix the batter when it is in the dish because the butter is there first for a reason. Now that the batter is already in the pan you can add your mulberries. Sprinkle them all over the top of the batter.

This may seem like an upside down cobbler, but it is truly scrumptious, and is very easy to make. Bake this dish for about twenty minutes. You will know it is done when a knife comes out clean of batter when it is inserted in the middle of the cobbler.

I’m submitting this recipe as part of Andrea’s Grow Your Own event, which showcases foods that you grow or forage yourself. Please stop by her site to participate, there’s still plenty of time to do so this month! :)

14 thoughts on “When Life Gives You Mulberries…

  1. Mulberries are wonderful, I have my eye on a huge one here growing on public property … they were not quite ready last week.

  2. I love the smell of mulberry bushes and the fruit is so tasty. You are very fortunate to have a bush in your yard! Your mulberry sounds great, can’t wait to see the recipe for that, and the cobbler looks perfect. Thanks for sharing it with Grow Your Own!

  3. Ha! I read this post yesterday right before I left work to pick up my kid at the babysitters, and then things got interesting…

    She told me that the kids has this red staining on their hands and feet (running out of the pool with bare feet), and that there were these strange berries on the ground in her back yard. I immediately inspected said tree, and wouldn’t you know- mulberries! She doesn’t have any use for them, so guess who kindly offered to take them off her hands?

    BTW- I love your site. I’m from (roughly) the dayton area, so it’s good to read a food blog that isn’t from one of the coasts. I’d love to see your recipe for mulberry vinegar- I don’t quite know what I’m going to do with all of mine, except maybe adopt the Alton Brown blueberry pie technique and freeze a bunch of mulberry pie fillings.

  4. Growing up, my brother and sister and I were always stained purple for the entirety of mulberry season. I remember my mother trying in vain to scrub my hands on Sabbath morning so that I’d be presentable for church.

    I find them to be a pain to pick in any quantity, if you try to get them one by one. They aren’t fully ripe until they look completely black, but that also makes their stems loose and the moment you touch them, they fall. It wasn’t until I was grown that it finally sank in how to harvest them. If you just lay a plastic drop cloth on the ground beneath the tree, you can shake the branches and all the ripe berries fall onto your plastic sheet. The pinky purpley ones which aren’t ready, hold tighter. You still have to sort out a few bugs and leaves, but you can harvest a large quantity with much less effort that way.

    That recipe looks great. I can’t wait to try it. Unfortunately every time it looks like my trees are ready to harvest, all the fruit seems to disappear. I wonder if it has any connection to the fact that all four of my kids have purple hands right now?

  5. We have a huge mulberry tree in our front garden – leaves the size of dinner plates. I have yet to taste a berry, though…. the birds get them first! Not that I could reach them anyway….

  6. I have never had mulberries before, they are not something that shows up in Canadian supermarkets. They look wonderful. Great work on the cobbler.

  7. You are so lucky. We always had mulberry trees in our gardens growing up in Africa. We used to feed our silkworms on their leaves so that they would spin bright pink cocoons. We used to come in at dinner time, grubby kneed and purple chinned from our mulberry foraging. Your bush, given half a chance should grow into a fantastic tree, great for climbing and very generous with its fruit. Wish I was in your garden

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  9. It took me many days of research to find that I had a mulberry bush growing in my front yard. How it got there ill never know . The berries are great tasteing.was wondering if anyone knows how big this bush gets?

  10. Please tell me what Farmer's Market you picked up the Mulberry's!!! I can't tell you how long I have looked for Mulberry's!!!!

  11. I am wondering if perhaps I should begin to sell mulberry seeds to share the bounty from my tree?

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  13. Good to know. When I first moved here (about 6 yrs ago) I wonndered, what is that giant “berry-factory” hovering and raining berries all over my back yard. Birds, insects, rodents and my dog were feasting on them. I finally decided to taste one last year…pretty good. Now that I have two species of it growing around the house (dark red and light pink) and recently learned the name of this bountiful tree…I kinda like them & Glad they’re not poisonous.:) Thanks for the recipes.

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