Mulberry season

Submitted by John on Thu, 06/14/2012 - 20:27

It's mulberry season (at least at my house) and before it's over I want to give you the results of a few experiments we tried recently with mulberries.

The first was fresh mulberry green tea. I took about a teaspoon of fresh mulberries, a teaspoon of green tea, muddled the mulberries in with the tea, and cold brewed it overnight in the fridge.

I'm not sure what I was expecting, but it came out bright purple, and it tasted weird. The green tea flavor and the mulberry flavor were definitely competing for attention, and neither of them could win out. It was very odd, and by the end of the cup, unpleasant. This is unfortunate because I dried a whole bunch of mulberries for putting in tea, because I was so sure it would work and taste awesome.

Maybe dried mulberries will work better? The dried mulberries smell amazing. Or maybe black tea is the way to go. Further experimentation is needed.

The second thing I tried was watermelon / mulberry popsicles. These were much more successful. Take about 2 cups of watermelon, de-seeded. Add about 1/4 cup of mulberries, de-stemmed (yes, that is difficult.) Mash them together with a potato masher. Add about 1-2 tablespoons of lemon juice. The popsicles were cool, refreshing, and everyone loved them except me, because I hate watermelon. (Bet you weren't expecting that twist! I made a lemonade/orange juice popsicle for me.)

At any rate, all six of the people who tried the watermelon mulberry popsicles said they were great. I tried just a smidge of one and I could tell that the mulberry and the watermelon flavors blended together very well. Highly recommended.