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NAME: Black Mulberry
SPECIES / FAMILY: Morus Nigra / Moraceae
OTHER COMMON NAME(S):
CONDITIONS: sun-partial shade
SIMILAR SPECIES: http://www.wildfoodies.org/BlackMulberry.htm
COMMENT: Male and female trees. Males have catkins, females bare fruit. Fruit - raw, cooked or used in preserves. A delicious slightly acid flavour, it makes an excellent dessert fruit and can be eaten in quantity. The fruit is juicy and refreshing, though it must be used as soon as it is ripe (from mid-August to September) otherwise it will start to rot. The fruit falls from the tree as soon as it is fully ripe. It is best, therefore, to grow the tree in short grass to cushion the fall of the fruit but to still make it possible to find and harvest. The fruit can also be dried and ground into a powder.(1) Related to fig and paper mulberry.
CAUTION: Eat only fully ripe berries.
NUTRITION/MEDICINAL: Anthelmintic; Astringent; Homeopathy; Hypoglycaemic; Laxative; Odontalgic; Purgative.(1
OTHER USES: Dye; Fibre; Wood. A fibre used in weaving is obtained from the bark. A red-violet to dark purple dye is obtained from the fruit. A yellow-green dye is obtained from the leaves. Wood - used in joinery.(1)
SOURCE LINKS (may include nutritional and medicinal info, plus other uses):
- http://www.foragingtexas.com/2008/08/mulberry.html (good photos)
- https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Morus_nigra (good photos)