[nafex] Mulberry commercial potentials

Lee Reich leeareich at gmail.com
Sun Jan 13 11:48:44 EST 2013

Black mulberry species (Morus nigra) will not grow in the midwest, only in Mediterranean climates and perhaps the southeast. This is the best tasting of the mulberries, fresh at least. 

There is great variation in quality and other fruit characteristics of the other species, especially white mulberry (Morus alba), whose fruit can be white, lavender, or black.

Lucille Whitman (wwwwhitmanfarms.com) offers a good selection of a number of species.

I devote a whole chapter to mulberries in my book Uncommon Fruits for Every Garden.
Lee Reich, PhD
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A Northeast Gardener's Year
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Uncommon Fruits for Every Garden
Landscaping with Fruit
Grow Fruit Naturally

On Jan 13, 2013, at 11:33 AM, Jwlehman at aol.com wrote:

> In a message dated 1/13/2013 12:05:08 AM Eastern Standard Time, 
> dwoodard at becon.org writes:
>> I have read that in old times in Afghanistan, dried mulberries were a 
>> staple food. The Bulk Barn chain here sells them sometimes. I haven't 
>> been overly impressed with the flavour. I suspect they may be different 
>> cultivars or strains from those grown for fresh eating.
> Interesting, thank you. 
> I wonder if the dried fruit is from selected varieties or random seedling 
> trees. There is a great difference or variation in the black mulberry species 
> in the Midwest. As I wrote before some are very good. Others best left to 
> the birds, who will them spread less desirable genetics. 
> NAFEX member AJ Bullard is a mulberry breeder and hybridizer. 
> Jerry                    
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