Here We Go ‘Round the Mulberry Bush (and Mulberry Muffin Recipe)

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We’ve had a mystery tree out back since we moved into the house, and I’m not sure why it took me four years before it dawned on me that the berries it was producing might be edible!

Like my friend Leuwam said, I didn’t want to “end up like Ralph Wiggum,” so I did a little research. Leuwam emailed a few photos of the berries and the tree to her botanist friend, and I contacted my “local cooperative extension agent,” which my friend Karen suggested. If you’re in the Atlanta area, you can hit up the one at UGA. He was super duper helpful!

Both these folks confirmed that the tree out back was producing totally edible mulberries! Hurrah! On Sunday, I made a batch of mulberry muffins, and they came out great. Hurrah! Breakfasts for the week are covered!

Mulberry Muffins

This recipe is adapted from Madhuram’s Eggless Cooking.

1c white flour
1c wheat flour
1 1/2 t baking soda
1/2 t salt
zest from 1 lemon
3/4c brown sugar
1c soy milk (almond would work well, too)
1/3c canola oil
1t vanilla extract
1T apple cider vinegar
1 1/2c whole muberries

Preheat the oven to 375 and either line your muffin tin with paper liners or grease very well.

In a medium bowl combine the flours, baking soda, salt and lemon zest.

In a separate bowl mix the sugar, milk, oil, vanilla extract, and vinegar. Mix well, and set this aside while you slice the stems off of all of your mulberries.

Pour the wet ingredients into the dry, and stir until just combined. Then, gently fold in the berries.

Fill the muffin tins about 2/3rds full, and bake 20-22 minutes or until a wooden skewer inserted into the center comes out clean.

The tree is really tall, so rather than drag out the tall ladder, I harvested the low-hanging fruit and gathered the ones that had fallen into the yard that the ants hadn’t gotten to yet. The tree produces like crazy, so I’m sure there are more mulberry recipes in my future!

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7 comments on “Here We Go ‘Round the Mulberry Bush (and Mulberry Muffin Recipe)
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  3. How crazy! I just realized that I’ve seen those trees around here! I had NO idea they were mulberry trees. WOW! I want to make this recipe now with my very own scavenged berries. Thank you!

    • Awesome! You might want to double check, just to be certain. Berries are tricky business, and I’d hate for you to get sick!

  4. You can spread a sheet under the tree and shake it for the ripest berries (and to avoid having to dig those stems out – what a pain!). Add them to limes for a really rad mojito.

    • Genius!! I should do that next week before my sis comes to town. We’re planning to harvest mulberries and see if we can get enough to make a buckle. The recipe I found calls for 4 cups.

  5. Yay for mulberries! I love snacking off my neighbors’ trees when I’m walking around :) The muffs look fantastical though!

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