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Moraceae Morus sp.

Source: Magness et al. 1971

Mulberry trees are rather small, up to 20 feet, with rather large leaves, and bear fruits resembling blackberries in size and shape. Fruit is edible, but low in acid and rather insipid. It is too soft for shipment to market, so rarely enters into commerce. Trees are often planted as ornamentals, and fruit may be used locally. M. alba L., the white or Chinese mulberry, produces fruit 1 to 2 inches long. Its leaves are used to feed silkworms. M. nigra L. is the black mulberry of Europe, cultivated locally there for its fruit. M. rubra L. is the native mulberry of eastern U.S. A few varieties, bearing superior fruit, have been derived from this species.

Season, bloom to ripe: 2 to 3 months.

Production in U.S. None commercially, some fruit consumed locally.

Use: Fresh mainly.

Part of fruit consumed: All.

Last update February 18, 1999 by ch