Every spring that we have lived here, my boys have gorged themselves on the Mulberry bush that grows in our side yard. Purple hands and feet are pretty normal around here for about a month. My daycare kids have also discovered the bush, and the bush is usually bare from 2-5 feet up all the way around. I've got a few that will run out the door and eat as many berries as they can while their mama and I stand on the porch and talk at pick up time.
Ever since they have spotted them this season my boys have been bugging me to make jelly with the berries. Ick. You can't make jelly with MULBERRIES! Why not, they asked. Because...?....Well, just because. After of few weeks of asking I finally just looked it up and learned you, in fact, CAN make MANY things with Mulberries. Cobblers and jelly seem to be the most popular. I printed off a recipe that called for the least amount of ingredients as possible.
If I was going to make the jelly, they had to pick the berries.
It became this.
I had my reservations. I was turned off to those berries the first year we lived here. D and I were picking, talking, and tossing them in our mouths and I looked down to find there are tiny white WORMS on them. ALL over them. Never again I have eaten them. (D just shrugged and popped another in his mouth.) I did try the jelly though and it is pretty good!! It tastes a bit like Blueberry jelly to me. My boys are in heaven and wanting to share with their mulberry loving buddies. I might...or might not...try to get another batch in before they are all gone. The berries were free and the men think it was awesome that we could turn something grown in our yard into jelly, and it was nice to be the "cool mom" for about 10 minutes for making it for them. ;-)