It’s mulberry time! You should also include this almost forgotten fruit in your diet. Especially if you are struggling, for example, with urinary tract problems or upper respiratory tract diseases.
Mulberry is rich in organic acids, vitamins C, A, B, K and is also a storehouse of iron, potassium, manganese, potassium and magnesium. The fruits contain only eight percent sugar.
From distant China
White mulberry comes from China and its leaves feed on silk yarns, thanks to which it acquires the silk textile industry. Black mulberry originates in Afghanistan.
In ancient China, however, the importance of the leaves was known to healers long ago. The first written mention is found in Shen Nong Ben Cao Jing’s book of traditional Chinese medicine on medicinal plants.
Silkworm tea, which is still used in traditional Chinese medicine, has various positive effects on health. It treated fever, helped to relieve coughs, rheumatism, support liver function, strengthen the eyes but also to maintain youthful skin. And although it has spread to Europe from the distant world, unlike Asia, white mulberry has never been a medicinal plant.
Mulberry as a medicine
Leaf extracts help lower blood pressure and support physical and mental balance. They support hematopoiesis, in the treatment of leukemia, purulent sore throat, throat inflammation.
The bark of a tree even counteracts constipation. It contains resveratrol, which blocks the action of cancer cells and prevents the growth of tumors. If you are overweight, give yourself a reason to have a good tea. The crop reduces blood sugar levels, lowers cholesterol and fat levels.
Juice and syrup
Fresh and ripe mulberries are aromatic and very tasty. As they spoil quickly, it is best to consume them now. It is not recommended to wash or store them. However, you can freeze them or dry them or make fruit-baked tea that will pleasantly warm you in the winter.
You will get excellent juice if we mix one liter of mulberry juice, 0.3 liters of water, 800 g of sugar, juice of one lemon and store in the cold. If you prefer syrup, pour a layer of mulberry and a layer of sugar alternately into a large jar for brewing. Preserve the finished syrup with one deciliter of alcohol.
Silk wine is very tasty and of high quality, which is prepared similarly to other fruit wines. If you bake a fruitcake next time, try strawberries or any wild berries to replace the fruit with this tasty purple fruit.
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