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Mulberries originated in the Far East along the Silk Road from China to Turkey. Technically, the mulberry fruit is a collection of small fruits concentrated together with a very similar resemblance to a blackberry. In most species, mulberries are purple-red when ripened; however, they can be white, red, purple or multiple variegated colors in the same fruit. Mulberries are also famous for being the silkworm’s food of choice.
The beloved raisin has a little healthy competition. This satisfying superfood brings a boatload of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to every bite.
Mulberry trees have become increasingly popular in recent years. So much so, that there is a chance that a Mulberry tree could be found in yards around your neighborhood!
Why we Chose Mulberries For September’s Box
Mulberries are packed with nutritional benefits which makes them a great fit for our Superfood Smoothie Box! Julie Morris specifically chose Navitas Organics brand Mulberries for their commitment to quality. Navitas Organics Mulberries are organically grown on the ancient fertile plains of Turkey, where they have been sustainably harvested for thousands of years. In keeping with tradition, the fruit is shaken from the tree and only the premium berries are selected. The white berries are then naturally allowed to dry in the sun to an ideal moisture level that creates their perfect chewy texture. To keep them as pure as possible, they are kept unsulfured.
Here are some of the reasons why white mulberries are considered such a powerful superfood:
1) Antioxidant Powerhouse – Dried mulberries are an excellent source of anthocyanins, a group of antioxidants known for their anti-inflammatory properties. They have also been used to improve blood circulation. Dried mulberries contain another compound called resveratrol, the same potent antioxidant found in red wine and peanuts that is revered for its anti-aging effects. Studies indicate that resveratrol may lower blood pressure and reduce the risk for heart disease.
2) Plentiful Source of Fiber – A single serving of mulberries contains nearly 20 percent of your recommended fiber intake. Most people consume far less than the recommended amount so snacking on dried mulberries is a great way to boost the fiber content of your diet. These delicious fruits are an ideal source of both soluble and insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber helps control blood sugar and reduce harmful cholesterol levels, while insoluble fiber is essential for a healthy digestive system.
3) More Vitamin C than Oranges – With 190% of the daily recommended value for vitamin C per serving, dried mulberries contain even more of this immunity-boosting vitamin per ounce than oranges! Getting plenty of vitamin C is important for supporting the immune system, repairing tissue, and protecting vision. Vitamin C also acts as an antioxidant that may lower the risk for heart disease by fighting oxidative damage.
4) Rich in Protein, Iron & Calcium – For a fruit, mulberries are an unusually high source of protein. They contain 4 grams of protein per serving, which makes them a great post-workout snack. Dried mulberries also contain a whopping 30% of the daily value for iron, and 10% of the daily value for calcium. Iron fights fatigue and keeps you feeling energized as it works to carry oxygen-rich blood cells throughout the body. Calcium is the foundation for strong bones and teeth, and an adequate intake of calcium can help prevent the risk of developing osteoporosis.
How To Enjoy Mulberries
1) Make your own trail mix! Add dried mulberries to granola or trail mix for a sweet spin. Mulberries pair well with nuts, dried berries and coconut
2) Add as a topping on your favorite morning smoothie bowl recipe
3) Prepare a green tea or herbal tea, and add a hint of sweetness by letting dried mulberries soak at the bottom of the cup
4) Blend soaked mulberries into smoothies or juices
5) Garnish yogurt, oatmeal, or salads with the dried berries
6) Grind up dried mulberries and add them to recipes for muffins or cookies for a boost of nutrition
7) Our favorite way – Snack on dried mulberries straight from the bag
8) Reconstitute dried mulberries by soaking them in water before adding them to baked good recipes