It’s mulberry season!

My daughter’s mulberry tree, a gift for her sixth birthday, is filled with fruit!

Delicate, little mulberries.

The first leaf buds on the deciduous tree’s bones are always exciting, then we thrill to the formation of the first little, white berries. And now we pick the ripe, deep-purple treats on our way out of the house and when we come back in. The berries, and their flavor, are delicate, making them difficult to transport to market. They’re kind of like the sweet peas of fruit. Best to grow your own.

Our tree, a weeping variety, is a little funny looking:

Sigmund the Sea Monster.

(Now imagine the back half of an adult’s kneeling body poking out from under the branches, bum in the air, as she reaches for fallen berries. Yes, the dropped berries are a treat for the chickens.)

Stained fingers!

Poppy devoured them!

Poppy eats a mulberry.

Even broody Ginger came out of hiding to eat her share!

Ginger checks out the mulberries.

I used some mulberries to make ice cream with, saving plenty for my daughter to pick when she comes home at the end of the day.

Here’s the result:

Mulberry ice cream.

Garden Update: Our apricot season came and went. Unfortunately for me, my husband and daughter like their apricots on the firmer side and they left but one to ripen up enough for me. (It wasn’t a huge crop. And I guess that’s what one gets if one is going to spend a week in Paris during apricot season!) I got a picture of it, though:

My apricot.

The Santa Rosa plums are up next…


About cdhla

I'm a former editor at several lifestyle magazines who's been freelancing since moving from NYC to LA. I call my blog The Chipped Platter to remind us that chips are better than perfection. The platter in question, a round one made by Gien, has traveled the world with me, visited with friends and family, celebrated milestones, and offered sustenance. My cherished Chipped Platter is part of the family. (I love my chipped plates, too!) On this blog, I'll be sharing my adventures of cooking for my family and friends, venturing out into restaurants and learning tips from people I meet. Come along!
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One Response to It’s mulberry season!

  1. liza says:

    I think your tree is so beautiful! I love how it cascades to the ground. You know, I’m not sure if I’ve ever had a mulberry. A true shame, I think. The ice cream may be my favorite of your food shots ever – I love everything about it and my mouth is watering. We have Doug’s old ice cream maker here and bring it out a few times each summer… soon I hope. I wonder if I can find mulberries. Sweet chickens, perfect apricot! Great post, Christy.

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