King White Mulberries
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King White mulberries are roughly 6-10 centimeters long and are virtually seedless. The young berries start out dark green and gradually lighten into a soft white and are almost translucent when ready for harvest. King White mulberries can be eaten when they are still light green, though the sugars haven’t quite developed to their sweetest flavor potential. Once fully mature the taste is very sweet, with hints of honey. King White mulberries have 30% sugar content, and are much sweeter than Black mulberries.
King White mulberries are available in the early spring through the summer.
King White mulberries are botanically known as Morus macroura, and other common names include Himalayan mulberry hybrid, or Shatoot in its native Pakistan. These mulberry relatives are longer than the English Black mulberries and have greater appeal due to the lack of the deep purple juice that leaves its mark on the eater.
King White mulberries are a rich supply of antioxidants and vitamins A, C, E, K, B-complex group, beta-carotene, lutein, iron, potassium, manganese, niacin, riboflavin and folic acid.
King White mulberries are often eaten fresh, out-of-hand. They can be eaten when under-ripe, but the flavor is much sweeter when they are all-white and fully mature. King White mulberries can be used to make jams and jellies, or add to pies and tarts. For a sweet twist, add King White mulberries to summer green salads. Complimentary pairings include other bramble berries, stone fruit, young cheeses such as burrata and chevre, pork, duck, wild game, basil, mint, baking spices, and arugula, cream, mascarpone and citrus.
The wood of the King White mulberry tree is especially hard, often used in the manufacture of hockey sticks and cricket bats.
King White mulberries are native to the Himalayan Mountains in China and in neighboring India. Their leaves are unparalleled for rearing silkworms, and the trees were soon naturalized in Europe with the westward expansion of the “Silk Road”. They were eventually introduced into America during early colonial times when General Oglethorpe imported 500 King White mulberry trees to Fort Frederica in Georgia in 1733. He wanted to encourage silk production at the English colony of Georgia, but was unsuccessful. The King White mulberry is popular in Australia and can be found at farmers markets in Southern California.
Recipes that include King White Mulberries. One is easiest, three is harder.