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My first top fruit crop of the year Red and White Mulberries

Mulberry Red (Morus Rubra) and Mulberry White (Morus Alba)

The texture is very much like a blackberry. The fruit on this tree is the size of a pea, but the sweetness is so intense.

Absolutely masses of fruit, small and fiddly to pick. Some people say put a cotton sheet under the tree and give it a shake (the tree that is)?

Some of these we added to a gooseberry crumble with no sugar, and it did the job.



sean

Didn't know you could get white ones.

Our redcurrants are going to need picking soon.
Treacodactyl

I think white mulberry leaves are the preferred food of some of the silk moths.

Would you say they are worth growing GB? Any UK pests to deal with and can they cope with wind?
tahir

TD, white specifically or both?
joanne

I think white mulberry leaves are the preferred food of some of the silk moths.

Would you say they are worth growing GB? Any UK pests to deal with and can they cope with wind?


They don't cope with wind that well, well the trees do but the fruit just falls and ends up staining whatever is below it
Treacodactyl

TD, white specifically or both?


Both. And if they can't cope that well with wind can you keep them small and keep them fruiting? And are they worth the effort?
gray_b

Both types are very sweet.

In the whole picture of things, then no they are not worth growing.

But as there are no other top fruit about yet, then yes they are well worth it.

I think the method of putting cloth around tree and shaking is the best way of collecting, and as most people say they drop off when ripe in the wind. But then again all fruits do that. Its just the black fruit stains.
tahir

We're quite exposed and we don't have much of an issue, the black ones are more productive than white, they really don't like being pruned (unless gb has better experience). Main pests are birds, and all sorts of flying insects. They don't last at all so use or process pretty much immediately. The biggest problem we have here is the weather, they get foole into thinking spring has spruing and then we get a late frost end May that knocks them back hard, this year we have loads as we didn't have a late frost

If you have the space go for it, lovely trees, early fruiting, and something you just can't buy in the shops.
Mistress Rose

I think silk worms only eat white mulberry leaves, but whether that refers to the fruit or some other aspect of the plant I don't know. Not a thing I have ever eaten, but look interesting. Probably too windy for them here too.
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