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Mulberries: Your favorite uses

maestra | May 14, 201703:15 PM     13

I have access to a tree with plentiful and delicious berries, and this year I want to do something besides eat them by the dozen. The hitch is that I really, really dislike the stems. I've heard plenty of people say they eat the stems, and I've read that the stems are practically unnoticeable if you make a jam, but I'm very skeptical. I'm not willing to go through the work of jam or a pie and find that I still don't like the stems. Likewise, I'm not going to buy any special equipment (food mill or chinois strainer).

My first thought is to make a shrub. I think it will be delicious. I could make a syrup of some kind, too, but what would I do with it besides drinks or ice cream?

I do really love the seeds of mulberries, and I could probably press them through a larger strainer to get a seeded puree for jam, but having a toddler makes ambitious projects like that few and far between.

What are your thoughts and experiences? Perhaps you can convince me that just chopping off the exterior stem will be sufficient? Maybe you have ideas I haven't thought of or come across yet.

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