My niece and her husband bought a few acres here in the Garden State and are doing a lovely job of turning into a very small farm. My 12-year-old and I visited the other day, and I’m so impressed with how they’re using the property. They’ve planted a small orchard along with a fruit and vegetable garden. They’ve also left a lot of native plants growing to support the ecosystem of the property.
There are established mulberry trees growing along the perimeter of their property, and I picked some berries to bring home to make some mulberry shrub syrup. Now I’m jonesing to go back and pick some more to see how else I can use these sweet fruits that are so readily available and ripe for picking.
- Mulberry Polenta Muffins - Berries are always a great muffin addition, and these are a cornmeal-like that look like a great morning treat.
- Mulberry and Pear Smoothie – Sweetened with a little brown sugar (or not – mulberries are pretty sweet), this smoothie uses fresh fruit and either milk or pear juice to create a healthy shake.
- Mulberry Sorbet – You need an ice cream maker for this recipe, but this recipe spiked with a little liqueur makes a beautiful looking sorbet.
- Stuffed Mulberry Leaves – The leaves are edible, too. I didn’t know that until I saw this recipe. I recently had stuffed grape leaves for the first time and really enjoyed them, so I’m finding this idea for mulberry leaves stuffed with flavored rice and boiled to be intriguing.
- Mulberry Soaked Oat Porridge – Oats, fresh mulberries, and cashews create a porridge sweetened with a little honey and spiced with a bit of cinnamon.
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