How do you know when the mulberries are ripe?
When you start seeing purple bird poop everywhere, they’re probably ready.
We are fortunate to have a mulberry tree growing next door in the yard of a neighbor who no longer gathers them, so we borrowed a ladder and spread out a sheet and shook down as many as we could.
There was a foray into jam making, using the instructions in The Blue Chair Jam Cookbook, but we were a bit impatient and didn’t let it cook down quite long enough. So now we’ve got seven jars of lumpy mulberry syrup. Eh, it still tastes awesome. And it’s great on a waffle.
One more thing: don’t walk barefoot under a mulberry tree, unless you’re going for the purple-stained-feet look.