Monday, July 18, 2011

Crouching tiger under the mulberry bushes

Time for mulberry picking! Again...





Every two months, the 7 mulberry bushes in front of my house is heavy with sweet berries to be picked. Armed with a red strainer, I went crouching under the bushes to pick as many as I can before my grandson woke up from his nap.






7 mulberry trees outside the fence









after two months without pruning, they shoot out almost covering the front of the house, higher than the fence and covered completely my pondok on the right











crouching like a tiger under the bushes laden with fat juicy berries, my hand, one holding the strainer, while another busy picking the berries and popping some in my mouth...well, they are safe, no pesticides were ever used on the plants







the mulberry bushes are pruned every 2 months...well, actually they are hacked roughly by the Bangladeshi I hired to cut the grass around my house...










anyway, the pruning will automatically trigger the bushes to flower and bear fruits....I think there must be thousands of those berries!









the berries had actually started to ripen a few days before I picked them, so lots of those 'black' berries (actually they were dark purple) were on the branches and some on the ground






each tree trunk is this thick after 3 years of planting them and many had since being propagated and given to family, friends, and neighbours










one strainer laden with mulberries from 3/4 of one tree was picked....too many of them and my back was killing me!











the next day I went crounching and picking again and got another strainer full! So far only 2 trees were picked....











....and many more fell on the ground because they were too ripe, and with the slightest shake of the branches will see those berries dropping like bombs!











one strainer full of those sweet berries resulted in a 2 litre bottle mulberry juice....I have 5 more bushes to harvest with many more unripe berries on those already picked!






Im making bottles of mulberry juice and also roselle juice in time for the coming fasting month of Ramadhan in August. They are so refreshing!


25 comments:

Orchid de dangau said...

Wow....banyaknyer ;) Tentu sedap...jus berry tu. Buah pun sedap di makan bersama 'garam belacan'...pecah liur dibuatnya.

Malar said...

Wow! So much mulberries! Teh one you gave me is still small but have few small fruits! DO you fertilize them? I want mine to grow big like your too! hahahha..!

Racquel said...

That is alot of Mulberries, and the juice you made sounds very delicious as well as refreshing. :)

Bangchik and Kakdah said...

Beautiful... a perfect hedge for any house!

Malay-Kadazan girl said...

Wow. Kena visit your house ni nak minum fresh berry and roselle juice one of these days. Nanti cucu dah besar ada penolong nak kutip buah berry yang tersangatlah lumayan tu.

Masha said...

I am glad to have finally met a person who actually grows mulberries for the berries! Here for a long time, only male mulberry trees were sold because they don't make a mess with the berries. But they release a lot of pollen in spring and are one of the biggest allergy offenders here. No nursery carries mulberries any more here :). I am glad you put yours to good use.

Cat said...

Reminds me of my children picking blackberries at their grandmother's house. They ate more than they brought home!

Food so delicious! said...

wow!!!! Didnt know you can get so much from just 1 tree.

I see this tree all over my neighbourhood. Some are really huge but didnt think they had many fruits.. Hmmm..

By the way, what's the taste like?? Sourish? Oh.. please email me at fooodelicious@gmail.com for the recipe you wanted.

Cathy and Steve said...

We have a mulberry and we are anxiously waiting for it to produce berries! We have no idea where it came from (probably a bird dropping) but it is in the corner of our yard in the blueberry patch and just seeing that big bowl you picked, I can almost taste them!

Stephanie said...

Awesome harvest p3chandan! And that must be the sweetest juice of all :-D

p3chandan said...

Memang sedap dan manis tak payah letak gula pun Makrimi. Tapi tak pernah makan dgn garam belacan pulak sebab dia manis bila masak ranum, kalau yg belum masak tu rase nye macam strawberry, masam manis..

Malar, I remembered I fertilised the trees only once when I planted them.You can put chicken manure and dont forget to prune them every few months. Some people sayang want to prune those branches off but, they will grow new ones with lots of flowers and fruits later!

Yes Racquel, I love the berry juice for its sweet taste and it seemed it is very nutritious too.

Bangchik, they will make good hedges if you keep them trim and nice as they can grow so tall and huge!

Betul tu Diana, nanti cucu dah besar, boleh la tolong kutip buah, kadang takde masa nak kutip dah terlampau banyak sangat! Itu pun suruh anak2 jiran kutip kalau dia orang nak bawak balik rumah..

Masha, Im surprised by your story how the mulberries are not sold there because of the pollen allergy. But the mulberry trees there are so huge like our rambutan trees, thats what I saw when I ggogled!

Cat, I will pick and pop those berries in my mouth as I go along. My neighbours' children loved to have a go at those berries which I encourage them to do since they are too many for me to pick!

p3chandan said...

Food the unripe red ones taste a bit like strawberries but those dark purple fruits are so sweet like sugar!Thanks for your email.

Cathy and Steve, thanks for visiting my blog. Hope your mulberry tree will give lots of fruits to make juice or jam!

Thanks Steph, the juice is indeed very sweet!

Janet/Plantaliscious said...

What beautiful looking fruit. The juice looks very dark and mysterious, almost like a magical potion. But maybe I've just been watching too much Harry Potter...

Gardens at Waters East said...

The mulberries look like they taste great. I think I would put them over ice cream. Here it has been so very HOT and HUMID, it is like living in the tropics. Unbelievable, but the plants love it and yesterday's sunrise was spectacular. I posted some photos on the Blog: Gardens at Waters East. In Summers like this I wait for Winter, in Winter I wait for Summer. Hard to satisfy, don't you think? Jack

James Missier said...

OMG!!!
Those berries look so delicious!!!

kitchen flavours said...

Wah! SO GERAM-NYA! Gorgeous berries! I only have on small plant in a pot. I think I will transfer it to the small ground space that I have. Wow, think of the lovely jam that you can make out of all the berries! So jealous....! I'm hoping to "crouch tiger" under my tree one day! :)

Lrong said...

Bountiful harvest you have there... over here, due to the continuous rains, my mulberry fruits rotted right on the trees... :(

p3chandan said...

Hahaha Janet...its nothing mysterious about the juice, not a magic potion but so delicious and nutricious!

Hi Jack, your sunrise was spectacular! Its been hot, dry and humid here too..ice cream with mulberries would be so cool in this weather!

James the ripe dark ones are so sweet, while the red ones are a bit sourish.

Joyce, the plant should be planted on the ground so that their roots can expand and go deep in the ground. Fertilise it with chicken manure a few months once, prune it for it to bear flowers and fruits then you can crouch under it picking those lovely berries!

Too bad about the rain there, but we need rain here badly!

Alistair said...

Your Mulberries look so much like our blackberries, locally referred to as brambles. If they taste anything like ours they must be delicious.

The Seasonal One said...

So nice!!! I am soooo envious! I need to get more of those trees and make sure the current ones grow healthier. I can taste those juicy berries.

p3chandan said...

The fruits are almost alike Alistair but blackberry is a vine with lots of sharp hard thorns. Im hoping my own blackberry will show some signs of flowering and fruiting.

Seasonal One, thank you. You can propagate the mature stems when you prune the existing tree.

milka said...

Your mulberry bushes can give you so many fruits!!! Do you use any fertilizer on them? I pick the fruits immediately when i see them turned black, the birds love 'em. so it is like siapa cepat dia dapat...

PlantPostings said...

I love Mulberries! They grow here, too, believe it or not. Obviously a different variety, though. I just posted about picking Black Raspberries. They have a similar look and flavor. The recipes on my post can be made with Mulberries, too. Enjoy!

Martin Neill said...

Oh my, what a crop! I've never tasted them but they look delicious!

p3chandan said...

Hi Milka, my mulberry bushes sudah tua thats why so many fruits after each pruning. I only fertilised them once when I originally planted them.

Beth, Ive seen your blog and love the recipes you shared...they look good with my mulberries too! Thanks.


Martin, Im surprised you havent tasted mulberries which are supposed to be in abundance in your part of the world just like raspberries, blueberries, blackberries and strawberries!