Mulberries are same in appearance to an elongated blackberry, while they can ripen to a deep purple, black, red or white, depending on the variety. The aromatic, deeply colored fruits are fragile and syrupy, and are also known to stain at the slightest touch. They are native to Asia and North America. Today they are grow in China as well as throughout the Eastern Mediterranean, the Middle East, Northern Africa. They are available during a short period twice a year - from March to May and then again from October to November.
Choose those that are shiny, plump and firm. Avoid those that are bruised. Avoid the ones that are white, green or pale yellow, as that is a sign they are not mature.
Mulberries might increase the risk of hypoglycaemia. They contain Arbutin which is believed to have carcinogenic (having the potential to cause cancer) effects.(3)
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