PLANT PROFILE

 

NAME: Red Mulberry

LATIN NAME / FAMILY:  Morus rubra / Moraceae

OTHER COMMON NAME(S): 

CONDITIONS: sun-partial shade
 

PARTS:

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TASTE

RAW/COOK

SEASON

All

 

 

 

 

Shoots

young

 

 

Spring

Leaves

young

 

RAW/DRY/COOK

Spring

Stalk/Stem

 

 

 

 

Buds

       

Flowers

 

 

 

 

Fruits

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sweet

RAW/DRY/COOK

Jun

Pods

 

 

   

Seeds

 

 

 

 

Nuts

 

 

 

 

Roots

 

 

 

 

Bark

 

 

 

 

 

PORTION: small-medium

 

COMMENT: Fruit - raw, cooked or made into preserves. Large and sweet with a good flavour. The fruit can also be dried and ground into a powder. This is used to make a delicious confection with almonds and other nuts. The fruit is soft and juicy, when fully ripe it falls from the tree and is easily squashed. Young shoots and unfolding leaves - raw or cooked.(1) Related to fig and paper mulberry.

 

CAUTION: Unripe fruits can cause stomach disorders. Skin contact with the leaves or stems can cause dermatitis in some very sensitive people. The milky sap in the leaves and unripe fruits can cause dermatitis, hallucinations and central nervous system disturbances.(1) This editor could find no white sap in the leaves, so uncertain about this information.

 

NUTRITION/MEDICINAL:  Anthelmintic;  Cathartic;  Febrifuge. The root bark is anthelmintic and cathartic. A tea made from the roots has been used in the treatment of weakness, difficult urination, dysentery, tapeworms and as a panacea. The sap is used in the treatment of ringworm. Another report says that the milky juice obtained from the axis of the leaf is used. The fruits are used to reduce fevers.(1)

 

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OTHER USES:  Fibre;  Wood. A cloth can be made from the fibrous bark. Wood - coarse-grained, light, very durable, not strong, soft, rather tough. It weighs about 45lb per cubic foot and is used for boats, fencing and cooperage.

 

SOURCE LINKS (may include nutritional and medicinal info, plus other uses):

  1. https://www.pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Morus+rubra
  2. http://www.eattheweeds.com/mulberry-glucose-controlling-hallucinogen-2
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morus_rubra
  4. http://www.foragingtexas.com/2008/08/mulberry.html  (good photos)