We have loads of mulberries right now. I learned recently that mulberries are part of the fig and breadfruit family. Mulberries are super easy to grow here. When in season, we can pick all day long. The berries should be picked when they’re dark purple, not red. Mulberries are a good source of vitamin C and have more C than oranges. As a fruit, they provide high levels of protein and iron. Mulberries have many health benefits from building bone density, preventing cancer, aiding digesting, and reducing stress. Not only can the berries be eaten, but the leaves can be used to make tea. I haven’t made tea yet from the leaves, but I use the berries to make jam and often put them in scones.
We picked a bunch of berries today. We’ve been freezing them, so when I have a large batch I can make some jam.
It’s been dry and sunny for the last week. David was able to drain and repaint the pool. We filled it up yesterday. It looks so nice. Much improved from the last photo I shared.
With the dry weather, I’ve had an opportunity to explore the farm and see what’s growing and sprouting. We have so many flowers on our mango and avocado trees. There are flowers on the jaboticaba and cherry trees, and new flowers on our allspice tree. And for the first time, we have some flowers budding on our clove tree. I’m so excited about that. Cloves take a long time to produce the flower, they say 10 years. Ours has been growing for longer than that. We also have a flower on our giant lilikoi. It’s beautiful. I’ll write more about the giant lilikoi once we get actually have one. But here’s the flower.