Last Tuesday we enjoyed an evening with our friends at White Rock Lake, picking and eating mulberries off the abundance of mulberry trees which can be found there. Reportedly all fruits have small amounts of MAO inhibitors. We have a hunch that mulberries have a little extra because we always experience a joyful “mulberry high” after a good foraging adventure.
World peace on mulberries!
Mulberries are in our top three favorite wild fruits, wild persimmons being number one of course. While most berries went straight from hand to mouth, we did save about a quart of them to bring home with us. Half of this quart was gobbled up by my son and the other half was used to make a deliciously refreshing soda, inspired by Euell Gibbons, using only 4 ingredients! (Check out Euell Gibbons’ book for excellent mulberry identification information)
Ingredients for mulberry soda
2 cups mulberries
4 tsp. raw coconut nectar
Sparkling spring water
Juice the mulberries and lemon. Mix in coconut nectar thoroughly. Fill glass 1/3 full with juice and fill the rest with sparkling water. Add ice if desired and enjoy!
P.S. While you are enjoying your soda I decided I would provide you with entertainment. Here is a short video clip and some more photos from our foraging adventure…
Bryan, David, Dan, and Me picking from a tree branch which was lowered to the ground by Isaac sitting on it
Bryan climbing a tree with David on his back
Cute mulberry face
David playing with butterflies. There were hundreds flying around this tree!
Plumber’s crack This man will carry my son and my pink hemp backpack at the same time! What a man!