Apart from other uses, can you eat white mulberries?

The white mulberry, which is also known as Morus Albawhite-mulberry1 happens to be a small to medium sized variety of the mulberry tree that is renowned for its rapid growth. When fully matured this plant can grow to a height of 20 meters. This plant traces its roots from the Northern parts of China, but it is now extensively cultivated in other areas of the globe. Which includes many temperate regions such as the Indian sub-continent, Afghanistan and some parts of Iran. Below is an insight.

In recent years, the white mulberry has been introduced to the North American continent, where it is to be found in most urban areas where it is considered an excellent landscaping plant. In this region, it has been widely “hybridized” with the red mulberry that is native to this part of the world. The cultivation of the white mulberry began more than four millennia ago in ancient China, and this trend gradually expanded to other parts of the globe.

When it comes to its usage, this plant is primarily cultivated as an ideal feedstock for silkworms. It is also used as food for livestock like cattle and goats in regions where the dry season limits the growth of ground pasture. This tree is typically deciduous when growth in temperate climates, however it tends to be evergreen when grown in areas that experience tropical climate.

The male and female flowers of the white flower are usually found on separate trees , but it in some cases they can be found on a single tree. The fruit of this plant varies in size from 1 cm to 2.5 cm in length. In the wild the mulberry fruit usually manifests in a purple color, while that found on cultivated trees color ranges from pink to white.

This now brings us to the question you may probably be asking yourself at this moment: Can you eat white mulberries? Well not to put a fine point to it, this fruit is very edible. Nevertheless, it at the same time possesses a rather bland taste. Most especially when it is compared with the red and black mulberries, which have a rich and full flavor. As would be expected this has not endeared this fruit with many people. The white mulberry is usually eaten in the dried form, and in some occasions, it is used to produce wine.

Apart from this, the white mulberry fruit has been extensively utilized for medicinal purposes in traditionally Chinese medicine. Where it used is used to cure constipation, diabetes, the tonification of blood and treating the premature graying of hair. The bark of this tree is also used to cure persistent bouts of coughing, wheezing, edema as well as promoting urination. Additionally, this bark is usually to cure fever, headaches, red and sore eyes. The root bark of the white mulberry tree has been used for a quite a considerable period of time in many Asiatic nations to fight against food poisoning microorganisms due to its exceptional antibacterial properties.