Illinois Everbearing Mulberry

Mulberry

Parentage: Morus alba x rubra

Description: Illinois Everbearing is a hybrid that produces delicious long and plump fruits over several weeks during the summer. Purplish-black in colour and sweet in flavour; the taste is very similar to blackcurrants. Large heart shaped, green leaves that appear once the frost has been and gone. Delicious cooked into pies, sweet puddings and jams but is also nice when it's eaten fresh.

History: Discovered in the USA.

Mulberry Growing Tips: Tolertant 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

  • Uses: Cooking
  • Uses: Eating
  • Self-fertility: Self-fertile
  • Picking month: August

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