Mulberries

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. 🙂

 

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4 Comments on “Mulberries”

  1. June 28, 2012 at 2:10 am #

    I’m def going to try out this recipe. So English looking! Are Mulberries the same as Bilberries? Seeing the photo of the Blackberry bush took me back to when I was a kid in England. Our ‘lane’ where we lived was lines with luscious blackberry bushes and it was the highlight of the year to go blackberry picking! Thanks Tovah

    • June 28, 2012 at 9:08 am #

      Bilberries are different from mulberries, but I’m sure they would also make delicious scones. Let me know if you try it.
      I love your memories about blackberries! This is the reason we are all so obsessed with food – it’s wrapped around all our wonderful memories of home, family, friends and celebrations. I am looking through my old photos so I can start to post some of these memories. Do you have any photos of your childhood lane?

  2. lakshmilovestoshop
    September 11, 2012 at 2:31 am #

    Yum…thank you for the recipe for the mulberry mini scones! We have a huge mulberry tree and make a massive batch of mulberry gin each year…

    • September 11, 2012 at 9:33 am #

      Well, I’m sure my sister would enjoy mulberry gin! How do you make it?

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