We expected to wait a few years for a crop, but thanks to careful attention, love, a really, really great season, and the huge tajmahal of a bird proof net it has over it, the darling tree is about three times its original size and abundant with mulberries!
The best thing is that the fruit is ripening at intervals, so there is just enough to sate your desire for a few days and then the next crop is ready!
|The heaving tree - before any major cropping|
|The bright green stalks contrast against the brilliant|
purple of the ripe fruit!
If any of the fruit makes it inside...I love them simply thrown in the non stick pan after cooking buckwheat pancakes (organic buckwheat and water...simple!) and swirl them around a bit with a splash of proper maple syrup - not the fake stuff which is loaded with sugar!. This makes a sensational start to the morning (made even more divine after a wander in the garden harvesting breakfast!) or a cheeky after dinner treat!
|Organic bliss - buckwheat pancakes served with homegrown|
mulberries and maple syrup!
Of course there is no better way to eat them than from right off the tree - and there is no sneaking either, the purple stain on your fingers and lips is a dead give away!