Mulberry and Pear is a great combination of flavors – sweet, tart and very refreshing. Mulberries come into season in spring and last till early summer, they are not only delicious but also high in Vitamin A, C and E, rich in antioxidants and also high in iron which is a rare quality in berries.
In Turkey we were lucky to have an abundance of fruit trees overhanging the pavement so throughout the year we were able to sample fresh and organic apricots, pomegranate, grapes and more but this was the very first time we had encountered the Mulberry.
We first saw them for sale in the local market but mistook them for a blackberry as the two look very alike. The differences between the two are that a Mulberry is larger, more oval in shape and their stem is also edible. In Turkey they came in both a black and white variety. While the tree is native to Asia, Europe and Africa I think it grows throughout the world. You will spot Mulberries growing on large leafy trees rather than in bushes and in our neighborhood at least they were usually filled with kids collecting handfuls or quite often passersby would stop for a quick snack before going on their way.
So next time you see a tree collect a handful and get blending!
- 7 fresh or frozen organic Mulberries
- 1 organic Pear
- 1 cup organic Milk
- 2 tsp organic brown sugar (if you have a sweet tooth)
- 6 ice cubes
- Chop the pears into blendable sized pieces removing the stalk and core.
- Into the blender pop all of the ingredients apart from of the ice cubes.
- With the blender on high vizz them together.
- Pour the organic smoothie into a tall glass over the remaining ice cubes.
This is a great and simple shake to make and it is easy to substitute mulberries with what ever berries or fruits that are in season and grown locally.
Swapping the milk for pear juice is a great alternative for a flavorful dairy free smoothie and it should cater for your sweet tooth so you wont need the extra sugar.
If you buy larger quantities of the berries and aren’t able to eat them right away pop them into freezer – they work just as well if not better in the smoothie if frozen first.
Other Mulberry Delights:
My Darling Lemon Thyme’s Gluten Free Peach and Mulberry Cake
Katherine Martinelli’s Mulberry & Sour Cherry Pie