[NAFEX] mulberry

Brungardt, Sam Sam.Brungardt at state.mn.us
Fri Feb 1 16:14:25 EST 2008


Ernest, I know that M. rubra, the native red mulberry, grows naturally
along many of the streams in eastern and central Kansas.

M. alba, the Russian or Tartarian mulberry, is used extensively in
shelterbelts and windbreaks throughout the state.  However, birds have
scattered the seed so that it is commonly seen in alley ways, in ditches
and along roads as well as in uncultivated and ungrazed areas throughout
much of the state.

As someone else pointed out, M. rubra, M. alba and the hybrid all can
produce black fruit.  Depending on the tree, M. alba produces fruit that
ranges from a creamy white to pink to rosy red to black.  It was one of
the few fruits that we had on our farm in west-central Kansas (near
Hays).  Mom made jam and pies from the Russian mulberries, often mixing
them with rhubarb.  We also ate them fresh as a dessert with thick,
sweet cream and sprinkled with sugar.  I made homemade wine.  But most
of the fruit our trees produced probably went down the hatch when we
were picking them for her.  Many of our neighbors did not have mulberry
trees, so they'd pick them at our place.  Those Volga German ladies also
used them in Kuchen and in Maultaschen, a filled pasta similar to sweet
vareniki or pierogi. -- Sam Brungardt, St. Paul, Minn.   

-----Original Message-----
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[mailto:nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Ernest Plutko
Sent: Thursday, January 31, 2008 2:29 PM
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Subject: Re: [NAFEX] mulberry


Mulberry tree was growing about 30 miles west of Leavenworth, Kansas,
Fruit was black and red, long and tasty.  The reason I called it a black
mulberry because I was told that when I was eating them.  I can't recall
the shape of the leaves but the tree was large.  It was the only
mulberry tree I saw there.

---- Original Message ----
From: Sam.Brungardt at state.mn.us
To: nafex at lists.ibiblio.org
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] mulberry
Date: Thu, 31 Jan 2008 12:41:09 -0600

>Ernest, I may be mistaken, but I don't think black mulberries (M.
>nigra)
>are winter hardy in Kansas.  The black mulberries you picked in Kansas
>were most likely (M. rubra, M. alba or a hybrid of the two).  Where
>was
>this black mulberry tree growing and what makes you think it was M.
>nigra? -- Sam Brungardt, St. Paul, Minn.
>
>-----Original Message-----
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>[mailto:nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Ernest Plutko
>Sent: Thursday, January 31, 2008 11:46 AM
>To: nafex at lists.ibiblio.org
>Subject: [NAFEX] mulberry
>
>
>Jim Fruth writes that he grows mulberries in Pequot Lakes, Minnesota.
>What variety of mulberry do you grow, Jim?   I saw a few red mulberry
>trees growing on and around the University of Minnesota in St. Paul. 
>Saw a few white mulberry seedlings growing in Minneapolis.  Picked 
>black mulberries  a few years ago in Kansas and thought they tasted 
>good. Never thought they would grow in zone 3a.  Jim, you are not far 
>from Brainerd what zone are you in, 3b or 4?
>
>
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