food foraging- mulberry breakfast trifle

The last few weeks I’ve been lucky enough to find a couple of laden mulberry trees on my daily travels. The first thing to notice is lots of dark almost blue coloured stains squishing under your shoes, then I look up and… oh hello bountiful tree with your weighty branches filled with red tinged berries. What’s that? You want me to pick me you and store you in my handy empty container I just happen to have with me? Don’t mind if I do.

Most mulberry trees around these parts are usually on some one elses property and not within arms reach. Not my arms anyway. However lately I have had easy access to a couple of trees weighted down by all their fruit. Only once I have seen someone else picking the fruit, everyone else seems to walk on by not knowing what it is, or not in the slightest bit interested.

Picking mulberries is a bit of a labour of love. The juice stains your fingers and each berry has to be picked individually. Once home, you still have to pick off the little green stems before cooking with, (and I always seem to be in a white top when ever I happen to come across them). It can take a while to get a decent amount, but it’s definitely worth it.

I’m not particularly good at identifying wild food foraging options in my local area. Mulberries are easy. Loquats quite often pop up, and the tiniest mini mandarins are also near by. (Which were the tartiest fruit I have ever tasted- very funny while watching The Monkeys taste test them… evil mama, I know.)

Apart from that, my knowledge for urban foraging could use a little upgrade. In the mean time though, at least I have breakfast sorted.

Is anyone else enjoying some local free foraged food?

Mulberry Breakfast Trifle

whole oats

apple juice

natural yogurt

whole almonds

mulberries

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Soak whole oats in some hot apple juice.

Blitz whole almonds (skins too) until you get a consistency you like (I like it chunky) or use almond meal. Mix in with the soaked oats.

Cook up mulberries in a little apple juice, then cool.

Then alternate with the layers of oats, mulberries and yogurt.

* If you like it sweeter, you can add flavoured yogurt, or a little jam to the mulberries (or sugar). No mulberries? Use any other kind of berry.

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24 thoughts on “food foraging- mulberry breakfast trifle

  1. brilliant brydie..no mulberries around these parts unfortunately..but i know where there is an awesome fig tree that was laden last summer and because it’s down a little blue stoned cobbled service lane no one seems to have noticed it except for me and the birds..:)

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  2. This looks like my sort of breakfast 🙂

    I’m terrible at neighbourhood foraging. I don’t know the protocol at all and am always worried someone will tell me off, even if the lemon tree (for instance) is completely weighed down and on a nature strip or over their fence. Maybe I should try harder! There are a few Loquat trees that would appeal.

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  3. Just watching a beautiful sunrise out of the corner of my eye, while reading your blog. We have a mulberry tree in our yard and it is laden this year with mulberries. They are a wonderful tree to have .It is also not something you will ever get to buy as fruit in the shops because they are so soft.
    Good to see you foraging and living off the land.Has anyone ever leant over the fence and caught you ? I imagine no one would mind,… we have a constant flow of visitors during mulberry season.

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    • Both trees that I have visited are not within fence boundaries, and in public areas, I’m sure prodominantly the trees just get ignored as there is just SO much fruit on there, saying that I do get the occasional “naughty school kid” feeling.
      Enjoy those mulberries Kim…and those sunrises.

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  4. Forage on, I love the vision of living in a country where loquats and lemons are hanging around on the streets – sounds so exotic to an English ear! I think I have picked mulberries once, they do grow here, mostly as ornamentals in people’s gardens, like Kim says, you never see them in shops here either 🙂

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  5. That looks delicious Brydie! I had to chuckle at this because last year every time we drove the car past a bush of mulberries Mr NQN would say “Oh look mulberries, I should pick some” but never did. I’ll show him this and tell him what he could be eating if he picked them 😉

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  6. I can relate. I had my own mulberry experience not so long ago. They have never been better – so full and luscious and loads of them. What a feast I had for a while there. Never thought to make a breakfast trifle with them – terrific idea. Mouthwatering shot that top photo – yummo! I posted a couple of my mulberry recipes recently if you’d like to check them out. They feel so luxurious to me, not sure why, just do.

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