Refreshingly luscious, quiche and sugary mulberries are indeed rich in numerous health benefiting flavonoid phyto-nutrients. Botanically, the berries are obtained from the silkworm tree belonging to the moraceae family; of the genus: Morus. Scientific name: Morus nigra. L. In Spanish they are known as moras.
Pakistani Mulberries are originating in Islamabad. This extremely large ruby-red, maroon colored fruit reaches 2 1/2 to 5 inches long and 3/8 inch in diameter. The berry is firmer than most others with a very sweet and flavorful raspberry like flavor. Amazingly, the fruit juice does not stain, which is good since the Pakistan Mulberry is more than a mouthful. The fruit ripens over a month long period in early summer.
Some of the health benefits of Mulberries are they are low in calories but rich source of vitamins, minerals and plant derived compounds. As it carries heavy amount of phenolic flavonoid phytochemicals, its consumption is effective against inflammation, cancer, neurological diseases, diabetes and bacterial infections. These are an excellent source of Vitamin C which is a powerful natural antioxidant. Mulberries are an excellent source of iron, which
is a rare feature among berries.
The Pakistan’s season is May to mid-June, a bit later at higher elevations. When buying Pakistan mulberries, as with almost every fruit, ripeness is critical: the darker the berry, the sweeter and richer the flavor. Buying light reddish fruits is a waste of money, since they’ll be sour and bland, with an unpleasant vegetal taste. Some growers pick them immature because they’re afraid that if the berries ripen fully, they’ll fall off the tree or be devoured by birds, which are highly partial to the fruits.
One interesting fact about Pakistan Mulberry is it was introduced in USA in 1986 for export and yield purposes. It was done upon demand of the US agricultural Department as they wanted promising varieties of Mulberries from around the World. Cuttings of black Mulberry trees were provided in this regard to the US government by the Islamabad Agriculture Research Center but without a local name so the variety has been called after the origin of its country. Pakistan Mulberry is unique in taste, very juicy and hard to resist so is widely used in high quality jams and protein/vitamin enriched drinks in USA.