Mulberries look a lot like long black raspberries, but they have a sweet-sour taste that is quite intense and similar to a blackberry. Mulberries are usually black, but they can also be red or white.They are related to breadfruit and figs. So why don’t we eat more of them? We’re hoping that our list of best mulberry recipes will change that.
Mulberry trees are traditionally grown for their leaves in North America and Asia. This is because the leaves are what silkworms exclusively eat.
However, the fruit is far too good to waste and can be used for baking, jam, wine, and eaten as a snack when dried.
There are only 60 calories per 140 grams of mulberries. However, they are high in protein compared to other berries. Mulberries are rich in vitamins and minerals, especially iron and Vitamin C.
Vitamin C is a very important vitamin for the health of your skin and other bodily functions. Whilst iron is vital for the transportation of oxygen around the body and other functions that you could not live without.
There is evidence that mulberries can help to lower cholesterol levels. They do this by reducing excess fat and creating a healthy balance within the body of good and bad cholesterol.
In traditional Chinese medicine, mulberries have been used to help prevent cancer for hundreds of years. Interestingly, there have been scientific studies that have backed this up. Animals were given mulberry juice which and this was found to release antioxidants that decreased oxidative stress.
Having increased stress in the body has been found to damage cells and tissue which in turn increases the risk of cancer.
In Australia, mulberries favour a cool climate and tend to fruit in spring and early summer.
Due to their nutritional benefits and lovely, sweet taste, mulberries are rising in popularity. So it’s time for you to hop on the mulberry trend and have a go at these 20 best mulberry recipes.
Making jam is probably the most popular use of mulberries and for good reason. After all, it’s tasty and can be added to lots of other foods to make a refreshing meal. It takes about 30 minutes to prepare and a further 10 minutes to cook.
To make mulberry jam you will only need four ingredients – mulberries, sugar, lemon juice, and a bottle of liquid pectin. If you can’t find liquid pectin, sugar with added pectin is fine.
If you are canning the jam, make sure to sterilise the jars. You can do this by boiling them in a saucepan. Alternating, heat them in your oven. For an easy to follow demonstration on how, see here.
Once you have completed the final step in the cooking process, ladle the jam into the sterilised jars. Leave a space of about half an inch at the top. Then use a paper towel or damp cloth to wipe clean the rim of the jars.
If you are using the boiling sterilisation method, you can put the filled cans back into boiling water for five minutes. Once the time is up, take them out with tongs to set on a cooling rack. Keep the jars an inch away from one another to stop any cross contamination.
Leave the jars to cool for 12 to 14 hours without disruption and you should be able to hear the lids pop as they seal. You can store the jam in a cool, dark place for up to one year.
As mentioned earlier, there are many ways that you can use mulberries. If you want to give your butter a new twist, you can try this recipe that only calls for two ingredients, mulberries and cream. It’s one of the most straight forward, but best, mulberry recipes.
You can use mulberry butter on crackers, bread, and more if you are feeling adventurous. Whatever you add it to you will be able to enjoy the fresh, fruity, creamy flavour of this butter. Even better, it’s unusual and you’re unlikely to find it anywhere else.
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This combination might sound a bit odd but trust us when we say that it is delicious and is a great way to add a twist to mulberry jam. It’s also pretty healthy. So really, why not try this entry in our best mulberry recipes?
This recipe takes an hour to prepare and just 25 minutes to cook. For me, that’s a relaxing way to spend the morning or evening on the weekends. The ingredients you will need are mulberries, honey, brown sugar, lavender buds, and the juice of one lemon.
If you find that you have more mulberries than you know what to do with, making mulberry syrup could be your saving grace. It’s delicious and is a great addition to various dishes such as poured onto ice cream, in iced tea, or used in baking.
It’s also a cheeky addition to cocktails and a splash is divine in a glass of chilled bubbles!
The ingredients you need are mulberries, white wine vinegar, honey, and sugar.
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Everyone loves muffins, but some of us choose to stay clear of them because they aren’t the healthiest snack. Well, you may be tempted by these mulberry muffins. They have a smaller amount of fat and calories than a lot of other muffins – and they taste great.
For this recipe, you need flour, white sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, fat-free sour cream, applesauce, skim milk, an egg, almond extract, and of course, mulberries.
Another great idea for a dessert that will use up your mulberries is a mulberry pie. The mulberries make a pie that is sweet with a hint of tartness. And the texture? Juicy and rich.
If you want to make this pie the ingredients are mulberries, white sugar, plain flour, butter, and milk.
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For many of us, no list of best mulberry recipes would be complete without an ice cream one.
If your mulberry pie looks like it could use some company on the plate, you could try making some mulberry ice cream. It will make your dessert even more delicious.
To make this you need are mulberries, coconut sugar, raw heavy cream, raw whole milk, pure vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt.
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The combination of juicy, sweet mulberries and crumble cake is wonderful. Luckily is pretty easy to make but don’t expect it to have a very long shelf life. It’ll soon become everyone’s favourite dessert.
For the cake you will need melted and cooled butter, brown sugar, self-raising flour, an egg, vanilla extract, milk, and very ripe mulberries. For the crumble, you will need flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and softened butter.
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This is another delicious cake that you should add to your recipe book. It not only tastes great but looks unique.
This cake has syrup and frosting along with the cake itself.
Of all our best mulberry recipes, this one allows you to be creative. Go to town decorating the cake with the syrup and extra mulberries and have fun.
Do not be put off by the fact that these are danishes. They are still relatively easy to make and are totally worth it. Also, you can simplify things by using frozen puff pastry. Then all you have to do is make the cream cheese filling and sugar glaze.
Once the danishes are made they will keep for two days if you store them in an airtight container in a cool place.
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These little morsels may look indulgent, but they are much healthier than you may think. They incorporate mulberries and pistachios which both have beneficial vitamins and minerals. And of course, the chocolate is there to add a bit of satisfaction because why not.
You get a combination of textures when you bite into one of these clusters such as crunchiness, chewiness, and smoothness. Even better, they are a perfect balance of sweet and salty flavours.
They’re also easy to make so what are you waiting for? Give this winner on our best mulberry recipes run-down a go.
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These mulberry crumb bars are great for having alongside a cup of coffee in the afternoons or for grabbing a quick snack on the go. Either way, you will love the sweet taste and crumbly texture.
To store these little beauties, chill them, them slice them into squares. Pack them away in airtight containers with a layer of baking paper between any layers.
This fudge looks absolutely beautiful when it’s ready to be served and it tastes just as good. It’s also a comparatively healthy fudge as it is packed with antioxidants, fibre, and magnesium. Best of all? You don’t have to be a baking professional to be able to make them.
The only ingredients you need are cacao butter, raw cacao powder, tahini, dried white mulberries, shelled pistachios, and maple syrup. Once you have made the fudge, cut it into squares and sprinkle some dried rose petals on top. Gorgeous!
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I am a firm believer that no definitive best mulberry recipes list is complete without a cocktail suggestion.
The mulberry mojito is very refreshing and it adds an exciting fruity twist to the traditional mojito that we all know and love. You can also make this with blueberries or blackberries instead of mulberries.
You will need a mojito muddler for this recipe to make the process easier for yourself. If you don’t have one you might have to resort to mashing the mint leaves with a fork.
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This is another great way to use up extra mulberries that you don’t want to go to waste. Mulberry kombucha is also very healthy as it is a big source of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. It is also potentially a source of probiotics that promote gut health – a growing area of medical interest.
To make this, all you need is two tablespoons of mulberry puree and prepared kombucha. Once you have combined these two ingredients, store the bottles in a dark place for one to four days. Taste the mixture regularly until the kombucha has the desired taste before moving them to the fridge.
Iced tea is a lot of people’s go-to drink in the summer so why not add some mulberries? When you make your own iced tea, you know exactly how much sugar goes into it so if you’re watching your sugar intake this is a great recipe to try.
You won’t need a lot of sugar to make this iced tea come to life because the mulberries will bring a fruity flavor as well as an enticing pink/red color.
You have to make the syrup which only takes a few minutes and will last for at least a month in the fridge. If you don’t have mulberries on hand, you can make this iced tea with blueberries or blackberries instead.
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My grandmother made mulberry wine, so we had to include this tipple amongst our best mulberry recipes.
Mulberry wine has a delicate refined taste which will add a wonderful variety to your wine collection. And then there’s the bragging rights. You can be proud and tell people that you made it yourself.
Some say that the taste of mulberry wine is simple and doesn’t have any particularly strong aromas. To remedy this, some add things such as cinnamon, mint, cloves, or raspberries to it to bump up the smell.
Starting your day with a delicious, colourful smoothie is a plus for a lot of people. And then there’s all the health benefits you can get in just one glass. This smoothie is a great antioxidants booster that helps your immune system and digestive health so there’s no reason why you shouldn’t give this recipe a try.
If you are a bit more calorie-conscious then you can split the serving into two and add water to make it go further.
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Rounding out our best mulberry recipes we have a couple of salads.
If you fancy something savoury and suitable for dinner, then you can try this mango chicken mulberry salad recipe for an ultimate healthy meal.
It takes 30 minutes to prepare and you can make a dressing to go with it consisting of mango, juice of a lime, lavender leaves, Greek yogurt, and a teaspoon of freshly grated ginger root.
For the salad itself, you will need about five chicken nuggets or any chicken that you have leftover, mixed greens of your choice, mango, fresh mulberries, and edible flowers for garnish if you’re feeling fancy.
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This salad works as both a meal or a side and is very easy to make. For the dressing, blend dry mustard powder, apple cider vinegar, olive oil, and ripe raspberries but you can also add some maple syrup if you prefer. Don’t be afraid to experiment!
For the salad, the only things you’ll need to grab are walnut halves, a diced onion, super-nutritious baby spinach, mulberries, and crumbled feta or goat’s cheese – but that is optional.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where Can I Find Mulberries?
After reading through these recipes, you’re probably eager to get your hands on some mulberries but sadly it’s not that easy. This is because mulberries are not commonly sold in stores.
This is because they struggle to survive the shipping process and should only really be used within a day of picking them.
However, you can still try farmers’ markets to see if they’re selling any mulberries during their season. Also, check out the frozen fruit section of your supermarket – you may get lucky.
Otherwise, you may have to resort to growing them yourself which is a rewarding experience, and you won’t have to travel far to get your mulberry fix.
Are Mulberries Toxic?
Ripe mulberries are not toxic but mulberries that are unripe with white sap on the leaves should not be ingested as they are mildly toxic.
Having said that, you would need to eat quite a lot of unripe mulberries though in order to have any negative side effects.
And lastly, you should always wash mulberries before you eat them, no matter how ripe they are.