I am a mulberry novice. I wasn't entirely sure what a mulberry tree looks like (when they aren't fruiting), which is why I count myself fortunate that my husband does.* These are quite delicious berries; I can see why the birds adore them too. They are intensely sweet and have an almost watermelon-y taste. And, now that I know what to look for, I feel like I'm seeing these trees everywhere. I'd be a fool, though, to tell you my favorite mulberry foraging spots...I get enough competition from birds!
*Please verify the ID of any berry before sampling.
Mulberry Jam (makes 6 half-pints)
(From Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving)
3c crushed & stemmed mulberries
1/2c lemon juice
1 package of powdered pectin
6 c granulated sugar
1. Prepare canner, jars & lids.
2. Combine mulberries & lemon juice. Whisk in pectin.
3. Boil over high heat. Add sugar & return to boil.
4. Boil hard for 1 minute. Remove from heat; skim off foam.
5. Fill jars/wipe off rim/tighten lid; process in boiling water bath for 10 minutes