Mulberry Harvesting-10 Ideas of What to do With Mulberries


We have five Mulberry trees on the farm.

We have five Mulberry trees on the farm.

Who doesn’t love-making memories or recounting old ones? This past weekend 200 people came to our farm to enjoy family and friends. Dale and I had harvested mulberries the day they got here. Buckets and buckets  were waiting to be processed in my kitchen. My first thought was, I need to get this cleared out of here before all our company comes. But then they arrived before I could get to them and the mulberries became the focus of the night.

Many older people who strolled through the kitchen  mentioned the memories of seeing piles of harvest in their grandparents kitchens when they were growing up. They would bring the younger people aside and tell tales of their families mulberry picking and how incredulous it was! Even people who had no memories of mulberries were mesmerized by the mountains of produce in our kitchen. It must be something innate in mankind to feel the pleasure of a bountiful harvest.  I processed the mulberries that night and many who came through said they would never forget the wonderful memory made in our kitchen.

Mulberries are rather mild in flavor, but chock full of nutrients. God planted our Mulberry trees Himself, He knew we would need them. I’ve put up three bushels so far and we’ve only harvested for 2 days! That’s almost 30 gallons! Thank You Lord, You are our Provider!

Ideas for Mulberries:

1. Make a mulberry pie. Find your favorite blackberry pie recipe and substitute mulberries for the blackberries. Just remember–they’re not as sweet.

2. Make a mulberry cobbler. 1 cup of baking flour (I use Pamela’s baking mix it’s gluten free. You can use self rising flour), 1 cup organic sugar, 3/4 cup milk (I use raw), 2 teaspoons vanilla and 1 stick of butter. Melt butter in bottom of baking dish. Mix flour, sugar, milk and vanilla together then spread on top of melted butter. Mix 2 cups of mulberries in 1/3 cup of sugar- heat to melt sugar.  Pour on top of flour mixture in baking dish. Bake for 35-40 minutes in 375 oven–or until done (won’t wiggle when you shake it). Serve with homemade ice cream! Eat on front porch with family and friends. This is truly delicious!

Mulberry Cobbler

Mulberry Cobbler- I ran out of organic sugar so I used 1/2 organic brown sugar in this cobbler- hence the darker color

3. Make mulberry pancakes. Use my pancake recipe, add mulberries to the mix and top with whipped cream and berries on top.YUMMMMY !

4. Make mulberry smoothie. 1 cup of yogurt, 1/3 cup crushed or juiced mulberries, 1 tablespoon coconut oil, 1 tsps. raw honey and 1/2 tsps. organic vanilla- you can add nuts or flax seeds if you eat with a spoon.

5. Make oatmeal with mulberries. After my oatmeal is ready I add butter, honey, raw milk and a handful of frozen mulberries to the top. YUM!

6. Make mulberry granola.  4 cups walnuts, ½  teaspoon celtic sea salt, ½ cup water, 4  dates pitted and chopped, 5 dried apricots  chopped, ½ cup dried mulberries, 1 teaspoon cinnamon

7. Make your favorite salad and pour fresh or dehydrated mulberries on top.

Dehydrating mulberries in dehydrator

Dehydrating mulberries in dehydrator

8. Make homemade mulberry ice cream. I use 4 cups of raw milk, 1 cup organic sugar, 5 organic and free range egg yolks and 2 tsps. vanilla. Mix all and let sit in fridge for an hour or so. Pour into ice cream maker–use your directions for how long to process. Mine takes 25 minutes. In the last five minutes I add 1/2 cup of crushed mulberries. When I serve the ice cream I add more berries to top!

9. Mulberry Sorbet

Mulberry Sorbert- Super Hero Food

Mulberry Sorbert- Super Hero Food

10. Make mulberry muffins. Use your favorite recipe and substitute mulberries for any fruit called for in recipe.


Unripe Mulberries

Make sure you don’t use the unripe ones, unless of course you’re in need of a laxative! After you harvest mulberries they deteriorate quickly. They’ll stay good for a couple of days, they keep longer in the fridge.

“Mulberries are very high in antioxidants, which help the body cleanse damaged cells which lead to many complications. They also contain large amounts of vitamin C as well as Vitamin K, Vitamin A, Vitamin E, really high levels of Iron, and Dietary Fiber which all help to give the body and mind incredible energy to live happy and healthy lives! They are also high in minerals like potassium, manganese, and magnesium and contain the B vitamins, B6, Niacin, Riboflavin, and Folic Acid.

Mulberries contain flavinoids and phyto-nutrients and are extremely high in anthocyanins which help to fight against cancer as well as reduce aging and neurological diseases, inflammation, diabetes, and bacterial infections. The berries also contain resveratrol, a powerful blood flow increasing antioxidant which you have probably heard promoted through the wine industry as their new claim to fame. Resveratrol is a powerful healer for many conditions such as aging diseases, inflammation, and a number one go to as part of an herbal protocol for the treatment of lymes disease.” Nutrition facts from

The Mulberry tree is directly behind everyone

The Mulberry tree is directly behind everyone

Dale harvested 30 gallons of mulberries  in two days! 4 hours of labor. There's a ton left to harvest!

Dale harvested 30 gallons of mulberries in two days! 4 hours of labor. There’s a ton left to harvest! He puts a sheet on the ground below the branches and then shakes the branches. The ripe ones gently fall onto the sheet. Easier than picking blackberries amongst thorns and poison ivy!

Mulberries make a great all natural dye for clothes!

Mulberries make a great all natural dye for clothes and fingernails!

Mulberry smoothie! Homemade plain yogurt, raw honey, mulberries and a little  organic vanilla-YUM!

Mulberry smoothie! Homemade plain yogurt, raw honey, mulberries and a little organic vanilla-YUM! We eat them on our salads too! Dehydrate, freeze or can the berries for preservation!

Making memories

And He said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest. Luke 10:2

Every time we have a bountiful harvest, I think of that verse and it convicts me of God’s harvest!  People are ripe for hearing the Good News of Jesus, we just need to do it! “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whosoever believes in Him, Shall not perish- but have eternal life.” John 3:16

  • Wow. Beautiful photos and beautiful harvest. My parents used to have mulberries on their property but got sick of the clean-up. I was sad when they pulled the trees out.

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  • Sally Kosowicz-Flaig said:

    I have tons of over ripe mulberries on the ground that are attracting all kinds of vermin - and fruit flies. It also smells rotten!! What would you suggest I use to remedy this?

    • Oh my Sally! That's dreadful! Rake up the rotten ones and throw away from the house. Shake the tree to save the fruit before it drops on the ground.

      Mulberries have reservatrol which has amazing health benefits. So, if you can use them you'll have increased health benefits.

      • Kristin Bowman said:

        Or, get some chickens!! They LOVE mulberries and will eat up what falls on the ground as well as all the bugs that come to the berries.

        • Anonymous said:

          I have chooks and they do not like them one bit, go figure ?

  • Maria said:

    Thank you for this post, so many great ideas! I acquired a mulberry tree when I purchased my home several years ago and clean up has really been a pain! I don't want to take the tree down since it provides nice shade during the Summer. I figured I needed to turn this into a "positive" and start using them but had no idea how. Mine are a pale pink/wine color, do you think those have similar benefits?

    • Hi Maria!

      So yours never turn a dark color? I would think the benefits would be the same.


      • Maria said:

        Some do turn dark but mostly after they've fallen...mine are a mauve/light pink color, definitely not like those pictured above. I had to search online and apparently there are white mulberry trees, though not as sweet they say.

        • liuxy said:

          I used to eat very sweet white and light pink mulberries when I was a child, but they are very very sweet, much more sweet than dark ones, you even needn't use any sugar when use them to make an ice cream ...

        • Robert said:

          I've heard the difference is not genetic.

          I'd like to know what causes mulberries to ripen to, or thru, different colors. They all start green, but there appear to be 2 different colored pigments that can be expressed, and not all of a particular crop, or of branches on a particular tree, express both pigments. And there are different tastes associated with the colors, probably not due to the pigments themselves. Some berries go thru a pathway wherein they turn white and then develop a slight pink hue when ripe, while others turn first strongly red with a tart taste and then dark purple-to-blue, "mulberry color" and sweet. However, it does appear that on trees with most of the fruit dropping just pinkish, a few of them develop the same blue as in the case of the red-then-blue ones. I'd like to know the biochemistry of this.

          The deeply colored ones are taken as a nuisance by people who park their cars under them or have them standing over things they'd rather not have stained. Silkworms don't like the fruit, either, just eat the leaves, ultimately killing the tree.

        • Darillyn Lamb Starr said:

          Wow, thanks for all the ideas about mulberries! I live in northern Utah, in a house with a very large garden. I moved here when I got divorced, 14 years ago. Btw, congrats on being married to your best friend! I mean that! I was married to my worse enemy.

          Our yard is huge, and there were several trees that had been cut down, by the time we got here. I've let them all grow and two in particular have really surprised me. One was only a stump, but it wanted to grow, so I let it. When I saw what looked like small green footballs, growing on the branches, I looked on the internet and found that I had a pecan tree! The pecans so far have been small, but delicious.

          The other of the biggest surprises is that I have two mulberry plants! One is the color of blackberries and the other is kind of a combination purple and silver color. I once lived on a farm in western Washington, state, where thorny blackberry vines grew wild and the berries were the size of my thumb. I knew, by the plant, that the ones that resembled blackberries, were something different. Thank goodness for the internet! I would have never guessed that mulberries would grow in Utah, but that's what I have! This year, my son has watered and fertilized them better than before and they look like yours! It's a very pretty plant, and we have tons of berries this year. I'm wondering if the flavor and texture is different than yours, though. They are mildly sweet, with a unique flavor and no acidity that I can detect. I don't detect any seeds, either. When I've made cobbler or jam with them, it just tastes sweet. Do you think yours have significantly more flavor than mine?

          I have added them to mixed berry jam,which was great. I made some delicious cobbler with sour cherries and mulberries, too. I will try some of your ideas,too!

        • leanne said:

          i was looking through for a white mulberry recipe and came across your article. I was reading the comments people have said about mulberries. I have a white mulberry tree that has just fruited for the first time in twelve years and has a huge abundance of fruit. I was amazed at how super sweet they are compared to the dark mulberry. I live on the coast in nsw in Australia.

        • kris said:

          Actually the light colored berries on our farm are sweeter than the darker ones.

    • Adrian said:

      I picked up recently that it is the white or pale mulberry trees which the silkworm feeds off in Asia. I thought that the darker mulberries were best for human consumption. I may be wrong in my facts though.

  • Judy said:

    Hi, thanks for all the mulberry recipes. I have only one tree but SO much fruit. I eat them straight from the tree for breakfast everyday but still they fall to the ground. Loved the sheet idea. Not sure why I never thought of it, so thanks. The bible verse is also very inspiring, Praise God for all his gifts. I shall always labour for Him in gratitude. Blessings

    • Mary said:

      I tried sheets, but a great big clean tarp works best for covering larger areas under your tree to get maximum harvest. To be honest, I don't clean up the ones on my grass, the morning doves, sparrows, song birds and others take care of most of the fallen fruits. I do constantly have to clean my side walk though.

  • Christine said:

    How about mulberry jam, ever made it? Do you just use these berries like you would blackberries for jam too? It sounds like a great idea for diabetics!

    • Jerre Roller said:

      According to all the websites I've searched you can use mulberries in any recipe that you can use blackberries and raspberries in.

    • Robert said:

      I made jam once as a way of preserving mulberries to ship to a friend.

      They can also be preserved against mold by a chlorine dioxide wash and then keeping them in the same sealed container unopened. Follow the Tell & Veltman patent (expired) to make a chlorine dioxide solution.

      Simply acidifying the berries with some citric acid will extend their life vs. mold a little. Of course that makes the more tart. It also changes their color from blue to red, which makes me suspect that the ripening of the red-then-blue mulberries is accompanied by an increase in pH rather than the elaboration of a separate pigment. But that doesn't explain why the pink ones aren't sour.

  • sharon said:

    Thank you! I stumbled on the mulberries last year, found white, pink, dark red and almost black!! I loved making jam and eating them raw, going to try some of your other suggestions this year, as I have double the amount of trees I have found (including one God planted just for me in my own back yard!) and looking at the trees so far and the new fruit growing, it is going to be a bountiful year!!

    • Anonymous said:

      I have a huge mulberry tree I am so blessed! I did not know about the recipies until today I can't wait to get home and start picking

  • Susan Sloan said:

    Thank you for the inspired words and recipe , only have one tree and this is the first year I have had a harvest spread a sheet on the ground and let the Oklahoma wind do the rest in two days I now have a gallon I am making syrup because I don't know how to deal with the stem, what do you do about the mulberry stems?

    • Jerre Roller said:

      I just leave the stems on. They don't hurt anything and I've eaten them with the berries since I was about 5. I'm now 62, so they don't seem to have hurt me any. You also won't taste them or feel them.

    • Mabel Howell said:

      What is the best way to clean and do away with the stems

      • Mabel,
        Usually we include the stems in the processing and eat them unless the stems are hard like wood- twist them off if this is so. Normally when the mulberries fall off the tree, the stems disconnect from the berry and stay on the branch. like all fruit harvest, you have to decide how to use the fruit of creation for your benefit. Thanks!

        • Anonymous said:

          You really had my attention until you got into the God thing. I checked out at that point. I just simply wanted to know how to use this abundant crop of mulberries,

          • Keilea said:

            Almost a year later you felt the need to comment on a question that you didn't ask? The author referred to God as well. Did you take that personally, too? There was no point in your commenting.

          • Cindy said:

            Anonymous: There are many sites you could have chosen to learn about mulberries. It was no accident that you happened upon Sharon's page. Sorry to hear you "checked out" as she is a true inspiration and speaks Gods truth with such love and compassion. I pray that someday you will welcome God into your heart. Love and blessings

  • Jane said:

    I picked about a half gallon from a friend's tree. They suggested mulberry juice, but so far just been enjoying eating them off the tree. What do you do about the stems? I'm used to blueberries where the stems are easily removed - on mulberries, the stem isn't easily removed. And with that said, how will I get my fingers and nails back to normal color?

    • Jerre Roller said:

      The juice will eventually wear off. I usually just wear it with pride as I tell people about how wonderful the mulberries are.

    • Robert said:

      If you're making juice, might as well try fermenting some into wine too. I haven't tried that yet, but have friends who are into making wines, mead, and ales (though not from mulberries), so I'll probably give it a go eventually, because I pick so many mulberries off trees in various locations here in the Bronx. Maybe use a starter culture rather than taking a chance with lambic. But if I wind up with a vinegar, that could be nice too.

      The only reasonably quick way I've found to destain my fingernails is soaking. Not sure whether my bubble bath formula (see link) helped with that (it was in the bath water) or whether plain water's just as good. The skin swells and pushes out the stuff from under the nails.

      Also, wear blue clothes when picking. I used to wear a purplish shade of red many would think of as "mulberry", but that turned out to show the stains much more than blue does.

    • Katinka said:

      Lemon juice removes the stains.

    • Anonymous said:

      I cut the stems off with a pair of scissors, it just takes a lot of time but for some recipes it looks better with them off.

    • Mary said:

      Wash hands with with a teaspoon of Oxyclean mixed in with your water.

    • Bill said:

      Rub the stained hands with some unripened mulberries. This removes the stains.

      • Robert said:

        Thanks, that stain-removing tip might be the best mulberry-related one I've ever gotten.

  • Jerre Roller said:

    I am so happy that I found this web sight! My husband had absolutely no interest in harvesting our 2 trees of mulberries until I read all the natural benefits of them contained here. He then went out and found a tarp and started laying it down under the largest tree. Then he got a hoe and started shaking the branches. He's all about them now. Just the flavor (awesome as it is) wasn't enough.

  • Mary said:

    I don't remove the stems either. There is no sensible way to do it, it does not effect any recipe, and if you try to pull out the stems, you can bruise the fruit.

    • Lynn said:

      We have numerous mulberry trees all over our farm--more than any one family could deal with, but I do what I can! I use them just like blackberries--However, I have the same personal problem with them as I do with any berry with seeds--they don't agree with my digestion (seeds). Does anyone have a good way to remove the seeds from these berries--I am thinking of doing jam/jelly and if I could get the seeds out--I could enjoy them more.

      • Katinka said:

        You could try a food mill to express the juice and then make a traditional mulberry cordial out of it with honey and a bit of lemon juice. It is an old Lebanese tradition (most recipes now use sugar but honey is the original and the best). I made a bunch last year and it kept well in the cupboard for about 3 months. Very nice in gin or just as a cordial in soda water.

        • Katinka said:

          This is a good recipe.

      • Carol Cripps said:

        How about just boiling them, then straining the juice in a traditional jelly bag? My family had glut of crabapples o e year from our flowering crabapple tree and that's the method we used for jelly making. You get a wonderfully clear, bright jelly this way so long as you don't squeeze the bag as it's draining. The crabapple jelly was all gone by Christmas although we put up jars and jars of it. The same method will work for any fruit. Just make sure there's enough pectin in the juice eto let it gel.otherwise, you'll need to use a commercial pectin, and following the instructions on the package. Generally speaking, berries don't have a enough pectin, and so need the commercial stuff

    • Anonymous said:

      The best way to remove the stems is to use fingernail clippers.

      • Anonymous said:

        Scissors work real good too!

  • Joe said:

    How do you tell if the mulberries are too early or unripe to pick?My neighbor has 3 Mulberry tree's.All of the berries are dark purple colored and just a few are pink colored.But they vary in size from very small to about a half inch or so.Usually they stay on the tree until the end of the second week in July.It is now a bit early....June 23 in NE PA.I read that if you eat unripe mulberries that it is going to have a laxative effect!I'm taking some to work.I hope that they do not have a laxative effect on my coworkers!

    • Robert said:

      Taste one. If it's astringent (from tannins), it's not ripe, and neither will be others that match it closely in color. Astringency gives you a mouth feel of fuzziness with possibly a slight delayed sting and a little bitterness. Pink isn't necessarily bad, though they're not as sweet as the dark ones.

    • Katinka said:

      When the berries are perfectly ripe they will fall off in your hand as you lift them up against the tree. If there is a sense of it sticking to the tree it's not quite ripe. Also, if anyone has chickens, feeding them to the chickens will make superb yolks. Good way to use up too many.

  • Emma said:

    I have a modest black mulberry tree in my front yard; right now the fruits are quite red & beginning to ripen into black, but some are already black & ready.
    However, I want to harvest all the fruit at the same time to make some mulberry jam - would it be ok to harvest them before they're fully ripe so that the already-ripened ones don't rot on the tree while I wait for the rest?

    • Robert said:

      They won't rot on the tree, they'll fall to the ground 1st. The red ones are safe to eat, just sour. I usually include a few when I make stuff from mulberries just to give a few tangy surprise bites.

      I've never been in position to mass-harvest them, but only pick individually, so I go back to a tree a few times during June. That won't stop the picked ones from getting moldy if you're trying to wait until you have enough at the same degree of ripeness. I have some now that I put away in closed containers after soaking in chlorine dioxide solution (made from a sodium bicarbonate-citric acid buffer, pH close to 7, with sodium chlorite (NaClO2) that had a day and a half to react in the dark in a closed container), waiting for me to pick enough more to make another pie for Independence Day weekend. A pie I made earlier came out great on Sat.

      If you'll be cooking with them, probably the best way to get enough to use at once would be to cook each picked batch just before they'd've gotten moldy in the refrigerator, then refrigerating again. That should stretch out the period enough.

  • Maria said:

    I make mulberry jelly. Puree berries then strain out pulp and stems (don't throw them away!) Add sugar as needed and some pectin (I guesstimate everything so if you want a recipe, just do a search on the internet)...delicious. Now, the leftover stuff...I put it into my dehydrator (I guess you could use an oven also) then when it is completely dry, I grind it up into a powder, stems and all, and I use the powder in cookies, smoothies, cakes, etc. Nothing goes to waste

    • Gayle said:

      I made jelly a few years back, also straining it to have the juice. My mother used to make jams and jellies without pectin... only cooling it with sugar. I cooked and stirred until I thought it was just right, and canned it. A few weeks later, I went to use the jam, only to find it too liquid y... it made the best pancake and waffle syrup... everybody loved it! Nobody realized that I was so creative as to make my own syrup! I love your idea about drying the leftovers... I will be doing that as well... thanks!

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  • Susan said:

    Thank you for your article filled with wonderful ideas. God also planted my tree! It was difficult to identify it with its varied shaped leaves and different colored fruits. Now that we've identified the tree and its fruit, harvesting we will go. The Robins, and other local birdies think the tree is great and each year happily harvest the upper berries. I love the idea of placing a tarp on the ground and shaking the limbs. We'll see. All the best. God bless.

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  • sarah said:

    I always keep an eye out for mulberry trees - so much fun for kids to climb and eat berries! I always keep a change of clothes and shows in the car because that juice goes everywhere.
    For those of you with too much windfall under the trees, just get a nice hen - she will clear up the berries in no time and provide you with one warm brown egg every day for your breakfast.

  • Jenny Neil said:

    Found you whilst looking for a mulberry and orange syrup recipe, and could not resist adding my comment of how Blessed I was reading your blog and seeing your photos. This is a first for me. Keep it up!

    It must be harvest time again. Mulberries have ripened early in Melbourne!

  • Janet Marshall said:

    To clean hands etc after picking mulberries just rub unripe red mulberries on hands to remove stain and then wash hand in soapy water. Used this method over many years . Wish I and a black mulberry tree now. Oh Yum!!!

  • Silvia said:

    Thank you for your article =) Any idea where can I find dark mulberries flour in US?

  • Catharine said:

    For those of you wanting to accumulate berries over time to have enough for a recipe or batch of something, just toss the freshly picked berries (unwashed) into a ziplock bag and freeze them. You can add to the bag as often as you wish, and just use them whenever you are ready. I use them directly from the freezer for pies, smoothies, muffins, pancakes, anything! It's particularly nice to have them frozen to add to a muffin recipe at the last minute. The frozen berries don't break up like fresh ones and stain the batter blue or purple as much. Being frozen does not seem to affect the cooking time or temp at all.

    • Anonymous said:

      Thank you for this most useful tip, I have a huge mulberry tree planted in my yard by bird I'm sure, because I have a male tree now too ( it does not produce the messy fruits , just flowers) , the neighbors have two young ones , producing white fruits, odd since I pretty sure they are babies from my trees. I have myriads of baby mulberry trees sprouting everywhere too that I must pull out before they are too big to root out. The harvesting video from someone's comment will really help me harvest them enough for recipes this year. Thank you.

    • Debbie said:

      Thanks Catharine, for the freezing info. I am new to this, although we have had a tree in our yard, producing bushels since I bought my house in 98'! I was so happy to find a place with so many great ideas, and just how nutritious they are. Thanks so much to Sharon for that. I also wondered, does anyone sell them? I will keep as many as my freezer allows, but money is very tight for me, and I had the idea it could help out. If so, does anyone know, in what quantity, and how much to ask for them?

    • Clint said:

      We also just pop them in the freezer each day or so as we pick them. When there is enough to make muffins or whatever, I just snip the stems off with a kitchen scissors (easy to do when they are frozen), then I put them in a strainer and rinse with cool water to clean them and fold them gently into the batter.

    • Judy said:

      Thank you, I was wondering how best to store them.

  • Peggy Richmond said:

    I have a mulberry tree in my front yard. It is a very old tree, on my family's home stead longer than I am old and I am 67. My husband and I have lived here in our log home for 8 years and every year I say to him, "wonder if you can eat mulberries?" Decided to find out and came across your blog. So we went out to the tree this evening and shook like you suggested and got about 4 cups of mulberries. I made a mulberry cobbler (dump cake) tonight. Wow, it was very good. Who knew? Thanks for your help. I would post a picture but not sure how.

  • Holly said:

    My great grandfather had a mulberry tree planted over his chicken coop. He said it was an old farmers trick to have one planted where the birds can eat the berries daily. Imagine a healthy infusion that each egg and Sunday afternoon fried chicken would have from such wonderful diet, as the chickens love these berries, too! I have a sour cherry harvest and two mulberry trees, nobody to harvest, so I can sympathize with our Lord needing labored in His field, too.

  • Lorrie said:

    My neighbor has 2 red mulberry trees and hates the fruit that stains his driveway. So we have free picking. I've used these delicious finds in my grandma's old blackberry buckle recipe, and everyone who has tried it has no words to describe the yumminess. Thanks for sharing this article and all comments.

  • pkwag said:

    My husband and I just finished our first harvest this year in NE--a couple weeks later than usual due to an especially cool, wet spring. Our tree is an old half dead one on a rural property we moved to a few years ago, but still makes a huge amount for us. We use a large piece of plastic with bricks to hold down the high side and I hold the low slope up a little to keep them from rolling off while he shakes the limbs with an extended long pruner. When we're ready to move to another part of the tree, we lift the sides of the plastic, pull out the main twigs and leaves and funnel the berries into a 5gal bucket. We got about 2/3's of the bucket filled, and will do it again in another 2-3 days after more are ripe.

    I fill a clean sink with water and dump in part of the bucket, gently swish them around and remove all the bugs, leaves , twigs, unripe and spoiled berries and put them into a collander with a dish underneath to catch the purple water so it doesn't stain the counter. Then I repeat the rinse in the to make sure they're clean and let them drain while I do another batch. I try to do the rinsing/cleaning as quick as possible so I don't lose the flavor of the berries by the juice being leached out into the water. When the 2nd batch is ready to put into a collander, I spread a layer of the drained ones on a cookie sheets till full and put it in our deep freeze until they're pretty frozen and then fill gallon freezer bags with them. This way I can use them as needed thru the year and they're all ready to go and not clumped together. I still have some from last year that taste as good as they did originally. I had so many last year I gave a huge bag to my mom. I don't know how other people do it, but this works for me and while labor intensive at harvest, very convenient and tasty for months afterwards.

    • Elaine said:

      I am also in NE in a little historic village. We have a lovely yard, about 10 "next door" neighbors, and wonderful big (50 ft) white mulberry tree that I adore and all my neighbors hate! This is a huge tree that has copious berries that rot and smell like garbage on the ground. I have it professionally trimmed, sweep/rack/remove the berries from the sidewalk, and basically babysit this gorgeous tree for a month while it produces fruit. I read somewhere that George Washington planted one like mine that is still big and was going strong in 1990. So this tree isn't leaving any time soon. Any suggestions for berry management? The fruits are small and very mild. Not particularly interesting for humans, but the birds and squirrels adore them. It's like the Tree of Life here for a month or so!

  • Jeanne said:

    Hi Sharon:

    After living in our home for 8 years I finally realized we have a mulberry tree! I googled and found your recipes and realized "hey, I know her!" Thank you for sharing these recipes several years ago so I could find them now;) I also so appreciate several years ago having you in the passenger seat of my car on our ride from the Columbus, OH airport and the short time we had together as you shared with the women of my church. Blessings, Sister!

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  • Sue said:

    We live in Wisconsin and God planted our two trees. We have had berries the last 2 years. We also have a cherry tree. I have heard others say - if you don't want the birds to eat your cherries - you should have a mulberry tree. The mulberries get ready most years right before the cherries and are easier for birds to harvest. I don't remember them falling on me when mowing under the tree, like they have this year! I, like many others above had asked myself, I wonder if you can eat mulberries? I said to my husband today after mowing - we should really look up some recipes, we are wasting so many. I was thrilled to read of the nutritional value. We too will be placing a tarp below our tree to gather the abundant harvest! Thank you for posting the wonderful ideas!

    • Robert said:

      For somebody's birthday party yesterday, I made cheesecakes by melting cream cheese, mixing w mulberries, & pouring into store-bought pie shells to solidify. I think I should've used a higher ratio of berries to cheese to compensate for the latter's sourness.

  • Shery Stouth said:

    I discovered two beautiful mature mulberry trees in the back yard of the home we bought last year, this past spring. I wasn't sure what they were as I'd never seen mulberry trees before, only bushes, lol. I'm a country girl born and raised so it didn't take me long to find ways to use the berries but my trees show signs of needing a good trimming and I'm not sure when to trim or how far back to cut them? Any ideas?

  • Dear Sharon, doing some research online, I found this interesting post.
    I am working from Italy on a European project for the enhancement of grastronomico. In particular, my contribution consists of making a short film whose protagonist is the mulberry. We have created a facebook page ( which we hope to share the most interesting experiences, and memories on the mulberry tree.
    The project is having some success and our trailer a few days ago has been presented at the book fair in Frankfurt as a testimonial of the project Europeana Food and Drink
    It would be really valuable to have your contribution and that of other residents of the community, such as family photos, recipes or other.
    I've shared this post and I can only thank you for your precious collaboration.
    Best Regards Raffaella Marandola

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  • matthew said:

    hence i love mulberries, i have decided to grow dwarf mulberry bush which grows to 4 metres high last year and it is already at nearly 2 metres, how do i know when it is bearing fruits?

    • Hopefully you will see the berries this year. Ours is red at first then turns black when ready to eat. Each year it will produce more and more, till you won't know what to do with them all!

    • Robert said:

      When you see them.

  • Nikki Lagmay said:

    My hubby and I bought our first house in Lakewood, CA, in December of 2014 and inherited a gorgeous mulberry tree! Last spring it grew very few mulberries but this spring, holy cow!
    I've picked a gallon-sized ziploc bag in 2 days! And that's not even the beginning! THANK YOU for the tip about putting a sheet on the ground and shaking the branches! I just used a ladder to climb up to pick them. My tree is at least 12 feet tall. I'm trying to pick them before the neighborhood mice and rats get to them! Thanks again. Now I'm going to make some yumminess with them.

  • Carol said:

    What a blessing! Again, as with many others who have commented here. Just Googled about what to do with these glorious mulberries! Have 2 trees producing a tremendous amount of fruit. (Birds have benefited in the past, and of course, our 2 Labs!) Hand picked yesterday. Today will do by catching with sheets. I live in Wilton, in the central Sacramento valley, California! Out in the glorious country' God bless you. Love your blog.

  • Hi everyone,
    I'm still doing a research about the fascinating history of the mulberry tree. Please share your trees pictures, recipes or others on the facebook page It could be interesting to put together experiences from Europe and United States!
    Thank you.

  • Joe Nagel said:

    This site was a God-send. I have a huge mulberry tree on the property that I rent and it's loaded with fruit! Being raised on a ranch, I couldn't fathom letting them go to waste. I asked family and friends of recipes for pie, cobbler or jam. One of my friends from church sent me to your site. It's such a blessing! I hope to make enough so I can share with my church family!
    I have one question that I didn't find addressed in your wonderful article: can they be frozen and used over time or must they be used fresh off the tree? I'm a disabled vet and don't have the finances right now to purchase the missing ingredients to make any of the recipes. Thank you for all of your delightful information and God bless.

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  • I love this post so much. I have a question: do you find little bitty bugs in your mulberries and if so, what do you do about them? Thank you!

    • Sometimes I do! When I find them, I soak the berries in water, rinse and drain.

    • I dunk the berries in a bowl of water and if there are bitty bugs they rise to the surface and I throw them out!

  • Meta said:

    If you want to settled down to a mulberry snack but don't want your hands, furniture or clothes to get the dreaded purple stain I have a dainty solution. Pick up each mulberry by its stem with a pair of tweezers and strip the fruit off the stem with your teeth. It's absurd but fun and everything stays clean.
    Red mulberry trees are weeds! Hack away and prune them as you like - I haven't killed one yet and there are always new volunteers even if I did.

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  • Jenni said:

    We picked some mulberry that were growing in trees on family farm. We picked them early yesterday and now today they have a strong odor--almost like a wine or alcohol smell. I was going to bake with them today. Do you think they are ok to use in cooking as they smell like wine--I have not tasted them today but yesterday picking them, I ate a lot and they were delicious as usual.

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  • Anonymous said:

    I have a mulberry tree in my backyard but i'm stoked on what to do with them

  • Susan Von said:

    Growing up in Michigan, I spent hours in my aunt and uncle's mulberry tree eating mulberries until I was almost sick. I'm 66 now and live in a condo in Atlanta but I've never forgotten how wonderful those berries were and would love to enjoy them once again.Can you tell me where can I purchase fresh or dried mulberries, juice, or jam?

  • Sara Somaiya said:

    Very Informative!

    Sara Somaiya
    Dried Black Mulberry