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The Mulberry Tree (Morus alba)

The Mulberry Tree can be a rather nice tree, giving a good amount of shade thanks to its dense foliage, the large size trunk and a good height. Mulberries, the fruits of the Mulberry Tree, are in season right now. Luckily, mulberries ripen over an extended period of time unlike many other fruits which seem to come all at once.

Here in Mallorca, the Mulberry Tree is mostly of the Morus alba species, also known as the White Mulberry. White Mulberry trees can produce white, lavender or black fruit. Unfortunately, the fruits make quite a bit of a mess on the ground. Garden centres sell also a fruitless Morus variety, but they tend to be more prone to diseases.

Mulberries don’t keep. They simply perish in a day of two, fermenting or getting mouldy. Mulberries must be used immediately. Even in the refrigerator they won’t last more than a couple of days. That’s probably why you will not find them in the markets or the shops. Eat them, cook them, dry them, freeze them, just don’t let them go off.

The photo was taken near Felanitx, Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: May 31st, 2010. The time was 09:54:53.

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