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Mulberry Tree

Morus species


This tree has alternate, simple, often lobed leaves with rough surfaces. Its fruits are blue or black and many seeded.

Habitat and Distribution

Mulberry trees are found in forests, along roadsides, and in abandoned fields in Temperate and Tropical Zones of North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa.

Edible Parts

The fruit is edible raw or cooked. It can be dried for eating later.


When eaten in quantity, mulberry fruit acts as a laxative. Green, unripe fruit can be hallucinogenic and cause extreme nausea and cramps.

Other Uses

You can shred the inner bark of the tree and use it to make twine or cord.

Steve's notes:

In the past mulberries have been used as a dye for clothing. In fact, if you eat many, your fingers may be stained purple for days. The effect on your clothes is more permanent.

For the record, after me and a couple friends ate our fill of the green berries, we did not get nauseous, nor did we have hallucinations. I included the warning above because it came from the U.S. Army survival manual, but it must take a very large quantity to poison oneself.

Mulberry is one of the more delicious berries available, and the trees/bushes can be found in many parts of the United States (although I see them in cities far more often than in the wild). But the fruit is very delicate, so don't bother trying to save the berries for later. Just eat them fresh off the tree.


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