I fall more and more in love with my new house each day. The folks that lived here before me took a lot of pride in this place and landscaped so that there is something new and interesting blooming from early spring all the way into fall. Nick and I have been adding perennial fruits to that landscape (we planted blueberry and raspberry bushes along the east side of the house) , so that we can harvest our own fruit each summer and "live off the land" so to speak.
We moved in right after the last big winter storm this past winter. When we got here this tree looked like it had seen better days and Nick wanted to take it down for safety purposes. I'm glad we decided to give it a chance because it is covered with mulberries.
We spent a good portion of the morning picking the berries. Its hard to collect a large amount while we're all stuffing them into our faces, but that's part of the fun.
If you've never tried a mulberry before, they resemble a blackberry in looks but are much juicier with a melon-like flavor. They contain all the antioxidants your average berry contains, just a little less common.
I've been throwing a handful in my morning smoothie.
I make one serving in the large magic bullet for my breakfast.
1/2 cup Stonyfield organic vanilla yogurt
1 handfull mulberries
1 Tablespoon ground flaxseed
1 Tablespoon probiotic powder
1-3 ice cubes (quantity is your preference)
Fill the rest of large magic bullet container to the top with milk (approx. 2/3 cup) and pulse until blended.