[NAFEX] Ripe mulberries now!

LEE REICH lreich at hvc.rr.com
Wed Aug 11 17:33:15 EDT 2004

Re: white mulberries. First of all, not all Morus alba bear white colored fruits. Some are violet, some are
even dark purple. Second, yes, most white mulberries are cloyingly sweet. Kids like them, though. And third,
from what I have researched, the large Pakistani mulberries are neither cold hardy nor particularly tasty. I've
never tasted or grown them, though.

Not to be redundant, but my recent fruit book also has a chapter on mulberries, and lists some varieties and

Lee Reich

Lucky Pittman wrote:

> At 02:19 PM 8/11/2004 -0500, you wrote:
> >I just found a mulberry tree that appears to be smack bang in the middle
> >of its fruiting. This is a good month plus after all other mulberries
> >around here stopped fruiting. Is this a[n unusual] late summer mulberry,
> >or is it just our wierd cool summer throwing off yet another plant?
> sb,
> I suspect that there's more than one NAFEX member on the list who'd be
> interested in getting a piece or two of dormant budwood from this tree to
> graft & trial - I know I'd be interested in trying it.
> >Speaking of mulberries, when the traditional purple ones mix with small
> >children the result tends to be a big mess. :-)
> In a conversation I had with Dr. David Griffith, earlier this summer, he
> was telling me of a Pakistani physician friend of his who indicated that
> every year during 'mulberry season' , he sees a rash of broken limbs(arms &
> legs - not branches) from folks falling out of the trees while eating berries.
> While my kids are not that small anymore, we never really worried about a
> little purple staining - but, my wife was the impetus behind us planting
> mulberries in the first place, as she had fond memories of climbing a big
> mulberry tree in her neighbors' yard and gorging on the fruits.  So...she
> doesn't get stirred up about the stains.
> >    Pomona has had references to white mulberries as tasting and being
> > non-staining. The name "afghanistan" shows up frequently. Any comments or
> > recommendations on mulberries that kids like and won't stain everything?
> I've yet to run across a white-fruited mulberry that was to my liking -
> just a bit of sweet, and sort of a 'grassy' taste.
> Gordon Nofs had one that was purported to taste like muskmelon, but my
> graft of it died out - or maybe it's still up there in that seedling M.alba
> somewhere and I just can't find it any more.
> Off the top of my head, I'm thinking there are several named variety
> white-fruited selections, like Tehama & Beautiful Day.
> You might check the NCGR site for Morus accessions - seems like they even
> have a taste-comparison chart there, if I recall correctly.
> Lucky Pittman
> USDA Cold Zone 6
> AHS Heat Zone 7
> Hopkinsville, KY
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