Fresh mulberry drink
It's the end of June and mulberry season is at its peak. Wild mulberry trees can be spotted everywhere, and they can be messy trees. Birds enjoy them and so do I. I have a few wild trees on our property as well as grafted types such as this "Illinois Everbearing". I enjoy the flavor of the mulberry specially those that have a good balance of sweet and tartness with that unique mulberry flavor. As a young boy I remember helping my mother gather mulberry fruit and make a delicious drink. Besides eating the mulberry fresh, I decided to try it for myself.
Gathering mulberry can be messy and time consuming, but the quickest way to gather them, is by placing a tarp or a cloth on the ground and give the tree and individual branches a good shake and then gather the tarp and place them into a bowl.
Rinse them in cold water for a minute or two. Then process them in a strainer to remove the seeds and stems.
Measure the juice and add 3/4 to 1 cup Sugar for every cup of juice. Add to a pot and place on medium heat.
Cut a lemon in half and allow to boil on low heat for 5 more minutes.
Allow mixture to cool down, then strain any remaining seeds.
Syrup can be stored in fridge and can be made into a refreshing delicious drink, by placing a small amount in a cup and add enough water to dilute it.