Giant Fruit Mulberry

Description: Giant Fruit, also known as Mulberry Pakistan, produces an unusual, heavy crop of fruits that are 2-3 times the size of regular mulberries. Juicy and delicious, good sweet/tart flavour, one of the sweetest of all mulberries. Black in colour. Can be eaten fresh from the tree or cooked into a tasty pudding, jam or liquor. The tree itself is relatively hardy, slow growing, with a neat dome shaped head.

History: Originally was sent from a Mr Zahoor of the Plant Introduction and Genetic Resources Unit of the Pakistan Agricultural Research Centre, Islamabad to the USA circa 1980’s. The material was established at North Carolina and Virginia where it was tested for hardiness and fruiting characteristics amongst many other mulberry germplasm from around the world at that time. It eventually found its way to Buckingham Palace circa mid 1990’s and has been included in the National Collection there ever since.   

Mulberry Growing Tips: Tolerant to most soils as long as it's well drained. Plant in a sheltered but sunny position. If hand picked the fruit will be bruised causing staining to the fingers and clothes – children enjoy the experience of course! For a clean operation take a large sheet and lay it under the tree and shake the boughs vigorously. Any perfectly ripe fruit will fall and are subsequently gathered with ease.

Attributes

  • Picking month: Early August
  • Uses: Cooking
  • Storing: Does not keep
  • Uses: Eating
  • Self-fertility: Self-fertile
  • Relatively trouble-free

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