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Farming Forward

Mulberry Mania

Grant Schultz

When I was growing up, summers were spent riding bikes, eating fresh mulberries off the trees, and catching crayfish in the creek. Life was good. Every kid, wild turkey, and squirrel loved fresh mulberries. I noticed the prolificacy of the trees then, and the parallel disdain that many adults held for them. "They're weed trees, cut them down. The birds eat them and then shit on my car!" This widely-held belief seemed crazy to me. Why would anyone want to eliminate abundant fruit trees? Mulberries begin fruiting early in their lives, begin fruiting early in the season, and fruit nearly non-stop from early summer into fall.

So, mulberry is a prolific tree that rains fruit most of the growing season.

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Mulberry leaves are a tremendously high quality forage that rivals alfalfa. Here's an analysis: