Mulberries are back! Mulberries are an unusual snack in the berry family that are making a comeback on specialized food market shelves throughout the US. These delicious berries have been eaten by the Chinese for centuries and were a favorite of silk worms because of their plumping ability! They were imported to Georgia in 1773 to aid plantations in silk worm production and were very successful in parts of the south with the right temperament for perfect growth, and have been here in our country ever since.
So why are these succulent berries good for you?
Mulberries contain many health benefits such as;
- High levels of B-6 vitamins and vitamin K. Mulberries are especially high in folic acid, niacin, riboflavin and folic acid, which act to assist the body in metabolizing your carbohydrates, protein, and fats for better absorption and digestion.
- Mulberries also contain phyto-nutrients like polyphenol pigment antioxidants, (which give the berry their purplish color and can also be found in blueberries and blackberries) along with important minerals, and vitamins essential for good health.
- Mulberries contain anthocyanins, which studies have shown to positively impact the body in fighting cancer cells, diabetes, bacterial infections and even diseases that impact the brain. They are also high in the antioxidant resveratrol, which can help our blood vessels reduce the damaging impact of angiotensin which is a systemic hormone causing blood pressure elevation.
- Potassium, manganese, and magnesium are also found in Mulberries, which all aid in cell health and blood pressure stability.
- White mulberries have 1/2 of the natural sugar of raisins. They are high in fiber (1/3 cup contains 20% of your daily intake) They are also high in protein (1/3 cup contains 4 grams of protein)
How To Eat Mulberries?
I am a big of herbal teas and Mulberries make a refreshing sweet tea! Here is a great recipe from herbalteasonline.com that you can make in your kitchen:
- Place few fresh mulberry leaves or a tablespoon of dried leaves in a teapot
- Add 2 cups of boiling water to the pot
- Steep the mixture for 3 to 5 minutes
- Filter out the leaves using a strainer
- Add honey for taste ( I prefer to buy my honey from an organic local honey company)
What's the Bottom Line?
Enjoy Mulberries in early May and throughout the summer for a superfood boost to your health, and enjoy the natural sweetness of this ancient fruit beloved by the Chinese for centuries!