I have noticed many mulberry trees in various locations here in DC, with branches full of ripening mulberries. Could this be an opportunity for urban foraging?
Veteran forager “Wildman” Steve Brill has a page on picking and cooking mulberries. But I’m skeptical about whether they’re really worth picking, since I’ve heard they’re sort of watery and insipid. My grandmother looked up mulberries in an old copy of the Joy of Cooking and it had this to say:
Purple-fruited mulberry trees are best suited, in our opinion, for varying the diets – and flexing the muscles – of marauding schoolboys.
So maybe they’re not really worth the effort. On the other hand, I know I’ve seen some blog posts raving about them. Anyone have any good uses for mulberries?