Did you know that mulberries are at the center of one of the world’s oldest love stories?
Star-crossed lovers, Pyramus and Thisbe, agreed to tryst at the well-known white mulberry tree on the banks of a cool spring. When Pyramus arrived late and came upon a lioness with Thisbe’s veil in her mouth, he mistakenly concluded that Thisbe had been killed. Unable to live without his love, Pyramus plunged his sword into his heart, his blood sinking into the earth at the roots of the mulberry, staining its fruit forever red.
Read the full story here: Pyramus and Thisbe
Mulberries are not commercially cultivated in this country, and make a rare early-summer treat. If you’re fortunate enough to have some growing in your neighborhood, try making these Mulberry Mini-Scones:
You won’t be disappointed.
Or, you can make your own Mulberry Jam, with help from pickyourown.org.
Don’t worry if you don’t have access to mulberries (don’t tell Pyramus and Thisbe) – you can use blackberries instead.