It's raining mulberries...

28 October, 2014

Finally, my white mulberry is giving a decent harvest.

It has taken a while to get to this point.

I've wanted a mulberry tree for about forever. Mulberry trees were the trees of fairy tales; large rambling majestic trees that I could climb, sit in with a book and just snack on fruit should I get peckish.

So when I moved in here and finally had some space to plant trees, it was one of the first on my list.

I ended up going with a white mulberry, as I read black mulberries drop fruit and stain paths, and given my hatred of lawn I was always going to have paths. I did not want stained paths, so I went with the white mulberry which, should I miss any fruit and it fall, would not stain.

And of course, should I ever wish to keep silkworms, I would have a ready supply of food.

Sadly however, my plan was thwarted. First there was the white mulberry that was not a white mulberry. This set me back a few years, as with fruit trees there isn't immediate gratification. It took a couple of years for the tree to fruit. Realising that the mulberry was in fact, not white, and then ripping the tree out and replacing it with a bone fide white mulberry was a bit of a set back.

The current white mulberry turned out to indeed be a white mulberry, which was quite a relief. And last year I got the first few mulberries.

This is the tree currently (it is looking a bit crooked as it got blown about in the strong winds we've had down here in Melbs the last two days, but I will re-stake it this weekend). It's now about 2m tall and while a bit spindly, shows promise of the sprawling fabulous climbable tree it will, with any luck, become.

But in the meantime, I have white mulberries galore.

The birds don't seem to recognise them as edible, which I hope is how it stays. Because they are delicious.

I may not be sitting in a tree with a book while I eat these, but they are still pretty enjoyable.


  1. we have black mulberry trees at work and they are the most delicious things - there's no hiding the fact that you've been eating them though, purple stains on your hands and chin x

  2. Oh yay! Excellent! I recently made an elongated trip home from work because I was planning to pick mulberries from a tree in a nearby suburb which has historically dropped several kilos of fruit over someone's back fence and onto the footpath - but they had chopped it down. I was horrified - not that I can feel hugely self-righteous about fruit I was technically stealing. Anyway, go your gorgeous shatoots!

    1. Not stealing; gleaning!
      What a terrible thing, chopping down a useful fruit tree. Such a waste.

  3. Is that it? I mean, is that how they look when ready to eat? I'm ashamed to say I've never seen a mulberry or white. And to think I kept silkworms as a kid and probably ignored the fruit. Must get me one of those.

    1. Yes! You can leave them to go totally white, but that takes more patience than I have. Even a little green they are delicious. I'm picking this much every day, and I reckon they'll go for a week or two.
      I for mine from Daley's fruit trees. I highly recommend them.

  4. Sad to say that before long the birds and the fruit bats will discover this tree. I had a particularly massive white shahtoot outside my bedroom window and had to cut it down because the bats would squabble over the fruit and cause a ruckus in the middle of the night.

    1. Oh no! Looks like I may have to get the nets out and keep it small enough to net. I'm not chopping it down! :)