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Here we go round the mulberry bush...

Black Mulberries

Do you remember that children’s poem?

Here we go round the mulberry bush,
The mulberry bush,
The mulberry bush.
Here we go round the mulberry bush
On a cold and frosty morning.

Funny cos mulberries don’t grow on bushes they grow on trees!

Anyway, I want to tell you about these little beauties.  Black Mulberries – as it says on the packet, these are the dried fruit for Goths.  But even if you're not a Goth and hold no Goth-aspirations, you will still LOVE these!

Mulberries are a popular medicinal herb used in Traditional Chinese Medicine and are thought to support the kidney and liver.

These berries are multi-coloured geniuses.  When young, they are anything from white or green to pale yellow with pink edges!  When they are ripening they turn red and then slowly go from dark purple to black.

Rich in nutrients such as Vitamins C and K, iron, calcium, and fibre, black mulberries are an excellent superfood.  They are also full of antioxidants, have anti-inflammatory properties and are huge in the antioxidant anthocyanin.  Wow that’s a lot of ants isn’t it?

Black mulberries have a really incredible texture and taste.  They do look a little teeny bit like rabbit droppings but definitely don’t taste like it even though I don’t know what rabbit droppings taste like…they might even taste nice?

Moving on, they’re very like raisins but certainly not as sweet.  The taste is still sweet but not sickly sweet like raisins can be.  They’d be great to use in recipes as an alternative to dates, raisins or any other sweetener.  However I just eat them straight from the bag.  I’m not massive on dried fruit but I have to say I’ve been going back for just another handful since I opened the bag!

The great news is that black mulberries also have an antihyperglycemic effect which means they won’t mess about with your blood sugar levels.  This makes them even more ideal and my favourite snacky type snack thing to snack on for snacking purposes.

I also plopped a big handful in my chia pudding this morning and it was delicious!

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