Mulberries are not botanically classified as a berry, but rather an aggregate of many tiny fruit . They are similar in appearance to an elongated blackberry, although they can ripen to a deep purple, black, red or white, depending on the variety. Mulberries have a good balance of sweet and tart flavors, sometimes with a hint of baking spices or woody cedar. The aromatic, deeply coloured fruits are fragile and syrupy and are known to stain at the slightest touch.?
They come in buckets and they might appear damaged but their look is the result of handling a fully ripe fruit that is extremely sensitive.
Mulberries are commonly used in ice cream, sorbet, jams, jellies, beverages, gastriques, and baked goods, especially pies. They can be substituted for blackberries, but are considerably sweeter and have a lower moisture content. Be sure to remove their inner stem, which may be fibrous, or thoroughly puree to avoid any unwanted fragments. Complimentary pairings include other bramble berries, stone fruit, young cheeses such as burrata and chevre, duck, wild game, basil, mint, baking spices, and arugula, cream, mascarpone and citrus.