The other day I was out and about in London, and I popped into Holland and Barratt to buy something to snack on. Whilst I was standing in line to pay for my cocoa seed bar, I noticed a strange looking food in the self-serve nuts and seeds bar. So, I asked the guy at the till what they were and he said they were berries, that were new in-store! I found myself just staring at these unusual looking berries, as I’d never seen berries that looked like that before. The guy behind the till said that they had been dried under the sun, with nothing added to them, which gave the berries a baked colour and appearance. I asked him if he had tried them, he said that he hadn’t tried any of the nuts or fruits. (Now, that’s a whole other topic that I won’t get into, discussing people who are supposed to be providing customers with information, advice and selling us whole-foods, yet they haven’t tried any of the foods or products that their selling!) Don’t get me started! He told me to try them, so I got a bag and shovelled a few onto the bag and gave him some to try too! Wow, my taste buds were in love…And he really liked them too. I might have just changed his life too!
Until that day, I had never tried mulberries before in any form. So, I wanted to find out how nutritionally beneficial they are.
Mulberries are the sweet, hanging fruit from a genus of deciduous trees that grow in a variety of temperate areas around the world, but they originated from China. They have since spread throughout the world and are highly praised for their unique flavour, as well as a truly impressive and unusual composition of nutrients for a berry. In fact, most varieties found in different parts of the world are considered to be native from those areas, as they are so widespread. The scientific name of mulberries varies depending on which species you are looking at, but the most common types are Morus australis and Morus nigra, which come from the Morus Alba Tree. There are dozens of other delicious varieties as well. In terms of appearance, the berries grow very fast when they are young but gradually slow as their colour changes from white or green through to pink or red, and eventually settling on dark purple or even black.
SO HOW HEALTHY ARE MULBERRIES?
Dried mulberries are a great source of protein, vitamin C and K, fiber, and iron. Although not as tasty as the fruit, the leaves contain protein, fiber, and nutrients!
SUPPORTS HEALTHY BLOOD SUGAR
Mulberries are thought to contain compounds that support balanced blood sugar levels. Traditional medicinal methods in China, Trinidad and Tobago have all used mulberry leaves to promote balanced blood sugar levels.
SUPPORTS THE IMMUNE SYSTEM
Mulberries contain alkaloids that activate macrophages. Macrophages are white blood cells that stimulate the immune system, putting it on high active alert against health threats
GREAT SOURCE OF ANTIOXIDANTS
Antioxidants help lessen the damage caused by free radicals and the entire mulberry plant, leaves, stems, and fruit contains antioxidants.
MORE MULBERRY HEALTH BENEFITS
Mulberries have the ability to improve digestive health, lower cholesterol, aid in weight loss, increase circulation, build bone tissue, boost the immune system, prevent certain cancers, slow down the ageing process, lower blood pressure, protect eye health, and improve the overall metabolism of the body.
EAT THEM WITH EVERYTHING!
I brought a small bag of fresh mulberries that lasted me 3 days. I ate them on their own and added some to my oats trail mix, and had them for breakfast. They have a sweet taste, and even the little stalk at the end of the mulberry can be eaten, so don’t cut it off. Sadly, I don’t live in a constantly warm climate, Yet! but if you do and your lucky enough to have mulberry trees nearby, you can enjoy them fresh off the tree! If you’re not able to get them locally, Amazon
If you’re not able to get your hands on them locally, Amazon sell’s a large selection of organic mulberries.
With a more-ish taste and heaps of health benefits, mulberries have just made my favourite fruits list!
Let me know if you’ve ever tried dried mulberries and what you eat them with!