[NAFEX] mulberry

Ernest Plutko ernestplutko at wiktel.com
Fri Feb 1 18:03:01 EST 2008


Thank you for the info.  We were on a hiking trip and stopped under
the tree for about 10 minutes.  The guide called the tree a black
mulberry.  I was too tired to pay it much attention.  I wish I could
grow a mulberry tree on the Canadian border.

---- Original Message ----
From: Sam.Brungardt at state.mn.us
To: nafex at lists.ibiblio.org
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] mulberry
Date: Fri, 1 Feb 2008 15:14:25 -0600

>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-----
>From: nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org
>[mailto:nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Ernest Plutko
>Sent: Thursday, January 31, 2008 2:29 PM
>To: nafex at lists.ibiblio.org
>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-----
>>From: nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org 
>>[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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