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Apr 7, 2013 09:44 PM
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White mulberries anywhere?

Hello All:

I have not had white mulberries in years. I looked for years in vain for a source for many decades. The only time I have them is when I go to Turkey in late spring or early summer.

Things may have changed and they may be available in California. After all the climate is ideal here for them.

Any one is aware of any market carrying them?

Ahmet Toprak
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  1. I think they're becoming popular now as some kind of superfood a la mangosteen juice or acai or pomegranate. At any rate I bought some recently at whole foods, about $10 a lb. dried. I suspect some of the middle eastern stores should carry them as Sadaf markets them too.

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    1. re: twocents

      They have always been available in dried form. I cannot find the fresh ones....

      Thanks,

      Ahmet Toprak

      1. re: topraka

        I've seen them on private property in Berkeley. There's one in the UC botanical garden.

        1. re: topraka

          I saw them at the Union Square Farmer's Market last year - but I don't think they show up until May or so...

          1. re: CarrieWas218

            Which day is the market?

            Ahmet Toprak

            1. re: topraka

              Apologies - I said Union Square Farmers Market and it was the Civic Center Farmers Market.

              Wednesdays.

          2. re: topraka

            Ah, sorry for the misunderstanding.

        2. I have so many trees in my yard that grow them (in Massachusetts).

          I cannot GET people to take them. They fall and languish on the ground...

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          1. re: femmevox

            Give me your address, I am moving next to you :)

            Regards,

            Ahmet Toprak

            1. re: femmevox

              Hi
              I was looking for the same thing as Ahmet
              I moved from NY to boston area last fall.
              Mulberry season is coming and I started looking for place to find them. I saw trees in several places and marked them on my map. I can go there when they are ripe. :)
              I would love to come to pick some from your yard.

              1. re: femmevox

                Hi
                I was looking for the same thing as Ahmet
                I moved from NY to boston area last fall.
                Mulberry season is coming and I started looking for place to find them. I saw trees in several places and marked them on my map. I can go there when they are ripe. :)
                I would love to come to pick some from your yard.
                Thanks

              2. Somebody told me Ram Das has them. They're at the Berkeley farmers markets on Tuesdays and Saturdays and I think also at San Rafael on Thursdays.

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                1. re: Robert Lauriston

                  I hadn't noticed that he had them, but I do recall once buying white mulberries at either the downtown or south Berkeley farmers markets.

                  1. re: chocolatetartguy

                    I was able to obtain purple mulberries at the Wednesday Farmers Markets at the Civic Center.

                    Thanks to Hoss Zare for the heads-up on that one!

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                  1. Today I bought fresh mulberries from Hector's Honey at the Wednesday morning original Santa Rosa farmers market at the Wells Fargo Center. They're not red or black, but I'm not sure if they'd be considered white. The interesting thing is that the soft green stems are edible too. They were $5 for a small basket.

                    I neglected to ask if they would still be selling them at Saturday's market. I know the season is short.

                    More about Hector's Honey,
                    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6088...

                     
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                    1. re: Melanie Wong

                      I think maybe those were unripe. White are really white.

                      1. re: Robert Lauriston

                        There were a couple black ones in the basket that seemed ripe and they taste pretty much the same, so I don't think these are unripe.

                        I just found this photo of white mulberries at different stages on a bush. It says the purplish ones are ripe though most of the photos of white mulberries I can find on the web are either dried or white fresh.
                        http://88caprice.blogspot.com/2014/07...

                        A friend has a tree that he says has one branch that produces white mulberries. I'll have to try harder to check it out soon.