Mulberries: Stain under my nails… not dirt

Posted by on June 2, 2012 at 6:42 am.

We have a large mulberry tree in our back yard. It’s over 50 feet tall.

Mulberries 1

For the past week or so, around 6:00 each morning, I’ve been going out back, and gathering the berries that are on the tree. Tarp is laid on the ground, to catch fallen berries.

I also have long poles where I can whack the tree limbs, to bring down more mulberries. I gather the fallen mulberries into this 22 quart stock pot, daily.

Mulberry debris

Mulberries are washed outside and sorted, and the debris is placed into a separate bucket.

Mulberries storage bags 1

Once the mulberries are cleaned, they are placed in freezer bags and stored in the deep freezer. We regularly give our mulberries to others.

The entire procedure takes me about an hour to complete.

Naturally, my fingernails are stained…  The berry juice residue looks a lot like dirt, but I promise you, it isn’t.

On my to do list, is dyeing yarn with mulberries. I’ll be curious to see how that turns out. Success or fail, I will post pictures on Celebrate Life.

Naturally if it’s successful, I’ll be using the natural dyed yarn in my crochet and knitting projects.

6 Comments

  • suituapui says:

    I’ve these growing at my house – two big pots. We eat them – very sweet when ripe…or add them to some ice-cold drinks.
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    Opal Reply:

    Hi @suituapui, They’re incredibly delicious, that’s for sure… these are very sweet. Perfect to eat alone, add to drinks, or incorporate in desserts; jams, jellies, pies, cakes, etc.,
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  • Teeni says:

    I don’t believe I have ever had a mulberry. I will have to do some research on them. I would love to know what you think of them and how you would describe them to someone who has never had one. Do they taste like any other berries I may have had? I think it would be pretty neat to use them as a natural dye. Especially since you seem to have an abundance of them! We have a lot of blueberries around here and my neighbor regularly gives me tons of hers in freezer bags so I can make smoothies with them. 🙂

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    Opal Reply:

    Hi @Teeni, You should try them sometime. I’ll try to add a post soon, on the various ways I make these. I wanted to do that on the day I wrote this post, but got wrapped up in other projects. 😉
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  • DragonLady says:

    My parents’ old house (in town) had a huge mulberry tree out front. None of us really liked them so they didn’t get picked, they fell…onto the sidewalk, the street, the yard, the end of the porch. It was a total mess. Daddy would try to keep them swept off the walk and steps, but for the most part while the mulberries were falling, we all avoided going out front.
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