[NAFEX] mulberry (OT books)

Lee Reich garden at leereich.com
Sat Feb 2 08:26:40 EST 2008


My book Uncommon Fruits for Every Garden has a whole chapter on  
mulberry. The book also has a list of varieties and mail order  
nursery sources.

Lee Reich, PhD
http://leereich.com/

Books by Lee Reich:
The Pruning Book
Weedless Gardening
Uncommon Fruits for Every Garden
A Northeast Gardener's Year


On Feb 2, 2008, at 7:15 AM, rob hamilton wrote:

> You know it puzzles me that mulberries are one of the few fruits  
> that I can not find much real information on.  One would think  
> there would be at least book out (besides the one I found that  
> someone posted about mulberries for the silkworm industry in Japan)  
> about mulberries that would speak exhaustively about varieties and  
> culture.  I know they are grown commercially in western Asia.
>
> Am I missing something.  Anyone have resource?
>
> Robert
>
> Ernest Plutko <ernestplutko at wiktel.com> wrote:
> 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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