Health Benefits of Mulberry
Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush
You can find tons of websites about the health benefits of mulberry. That is why I have been procrastinating for years to write another one. So why now? I simply must because I have a plant in my garden and I have been enjoying the benefits of the mulberries as well as its leaves. But I assure you, like my other articles, this one is not going to be the stereo-type regurgitation of facts and figures of the mulberry. Instead, I shall share here, more of my personal encounters with my own mulberry plant. The marvelous mulberry plant. Along the way, I shall provide a bit of the nutritional facts of the mulberry, just to make this article more “complete”.
By the way, don’t believe that the mulberry is a bush, as depicted in the popular nursery rhyme, “Here we go round the mulberry bush”. The mulberry is a tree.
My Mulberry Plant
The Mulberry Tree Is A Perennial
The mulberry tree is a perennial, bearing fruits all year round. I notice that after pruning, it will increase in its fruiting. At least this always happens with my mulberry tree in my garden. One perplexing question I used to ask myself was “where are the flowers?” for I never saw anything resembling a mulberry “flower” on my mulberry plant. What I saw were very small hairy “buds” resembling very young mulberry berries. To resolve my perplexity, I searched the internet for an answer. My favorite site is Wikipedia which never disappoints me. And sure enough, I found the answer. Those little hairy buds resembling little unripe berries were in fact the “cluster” flowers of the mulberry! Take a look at the photo below.
Cluster Mulberry Flowers
My New Mulberry From A Cutting
The Mulberry Plant Is Very Easy To Propagate
Another plus point of the mulberry plant is that it is so very easy to propagate. Just cut a stalk and poke it in a pot or on the the ground, After a week, you would notice leaf buds start appearing. Give it another month, the leaves will start to appear and surprisingly, cluster flowers also appear. I am very sure about this because I just planted a stalk a few weeks ago, and here it is with the new leaves and flower clusters. Take a look at the photo on the right.
Ripening Mulberry Berries
Mulberry wrapped in SSG leaves
The Berries Of The Mulberry Plant
The mulberry plant is a very hardy plant. It requires very little care. What it needs is a little pruning periodically, and the berries will appear in clusters. The cluster flowers don't look like flowers at all. As I wrote earlier, they just look like little unripe berries. These little cluster flowers will grow into berries, first appearing green and hairy. After a few weeks, these little green berries will turn pinkish, then reddish, and ripen into very dark purple-red mulberries, ready to be eaten.
I usually pluck them fresh and eat them immediately. Sometimes I wrap them up with the SSG (Sabah snake grass) herbal leaves, and fresh as well. By the way SSG is a local herb believed to be able to cure many illnesses. I wrote an article about SSG (Sabah snake grass) which you can go read it later.
Mulberries are very nutritious and have lots of vitamins, minerals and antioxidant properties, included are vitamins A, C, E, K and many variants of Vitamin B, iron, calcium and carotene.
In my location, all popular berries are imported and very expensive. It is a blessing indeed that we have the mulberry trees ever ready to provide fresh delicious mulberries all year round.
Dried Mulberry Leaves
The Leaves Of The Mulberry Plant
The leaves of the mulberry plant have medicinal benefits when made into tea. You can pluck a few leaves fresh and brew them into tea. Another method is making tea leaves out of them. Dry the mulberry leaves just like drying tea leaves. Then crush them and keep in a jar to make mulberry tea just like tea leaves.
The Thais are fond of mulberry tea. If you visit Chiang Mai in northern Thailand, you would most probably be served with mulberry tea.
The mulberry leaves apparently have 25 times more calcium than milk, and ten times more iron than spinach. These are the health benefits of drinking mulberry tea:
- Lower cholesterol level
- Balance blood sugar
- Treat diabetes
- Fight cold symptoms
- Strengthen liver function
- Improve vision
- Relieve cough
- Maintain good skin condition
- Help lose weight
- Suppress hypertension
- Promote digestion
- Treat constipation
Some Information About The Mulberry Tree
The mulberry plant belongs to the Morus family. The most famous are the silkworm mulberry trees of China. Mulberry trees are naturally large, deciduous trees native to warm, temperate and subtropical regions of Asia, Africa and the Americas. However, under cultivation, the mulberry trees are pruned periodically to keep them low and bushy. The full mulberry berry is not actually one fruit by itself, but an aggregation of smaller fruits arranged concentrically around a central axis. The mulberry is small in size, measuring up to 5cm long, usually shorter around 2 cm. The girth of the mulberry is about 1 cm. There are many varieties of the mulberry plants, producing different colored berries of red, purple black, blue, white and even variegated colors.
The mulberry plant that I have is of the red variety.
Well, I hope you enjoyed reading this article as much as I enjoyed writing them.
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