22 Oct 2007

Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush

I went for a walk this morning to make the most of Spring-weather - can you believe its nearing the end of October already? You know its exam season when the Jacarandas are blooming and I can start to see purple sprout out on all the local trees. Spring also means mulberry season - and this morning I went, bag in hand, to a park which has an overhanging mulberry tree (its GIANT). I felt like such a child, reaching up on tippy toes to pick the dark juicy berries - my hands were stained so purple at the end. It reminds me of the mulberry tree we had growing up at my first house - it was a marvellous tree because you could hoist yourself up into the branches and sit quite comfortably as you scoffed your mouth with berries. I also remember how good mulberry leaves are for silk worms... I look forward to having my own Mulberry tree one day; and all the jams, smoothies, cakes, fat silk worms (and berry stained babies) that will profit of it.

My harvest is in the freezer right now; but come Christmas - copious Mulberry-involving recipes will emerge!

And I couldn't help humming this to myself as I picked:

"Here we go round the mulberry bush
The mulberry bush, the mulberry bush
Here we go round the mulberry bush

So early in the morning"


  1. did you save any berries for me? can we have some photos of you all dirty picking them in bare feet?

  2. perhaps.. but I don't know how well they will keep if I send some via airmail - Mulberry jam on the other hand?

  3. Unkle E's brain whirrs and groans, and out comes a random thought .....

    I wonder if mulberry juice is the world's strongest stain, or is it beetroot, or .......?

  4. Hmm thats a hard one - I'm going to go with beetroot!


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