RECIPE: Mulberry Chutney

mulberry berry bush china native photoMulberries make delightful jams and chutneys. Miriam shows you how.

Wherever you see  several old mulberry trees standing together in the Middle East, you can be sure that they are descendants of trees once cultivated to provide fodder for silkworms. And although the leaves have medicinal properties that humans can also enjoy, we two-legged folks are more likely to feast on the fruit.

Chutney and jam are two easy ways to preserve mulberries for eating later. The season is short, just a few weeks at the end of April-beginning of May, so if a tree or two grows near you, now’s the time to go foraging.

This chutney is chunky in texture and a little sweeter than most.

Mulberry Chutney
mulberry chutney and fresh mulberries

Ingredients:

2 cups fresh, ripe mulberries

1 small onion

1 small green apple, grated with the peel on

3/4 cup brown sugar

3/4 cup apple cider vinegar

1/2 teaspoon grated ginger

1 garlic clove

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/8 – 1/4 teaspoon chili flakes

Method:

1. Put the mulberries and the sugar in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir to dissolve the sugar.

2. Add all the other ingredients. Bring to a boil, stirring often.

3. Allow the chutney to boil till it forms a thick jam, about 20 minutes. Stir often.

4. Pack the chutney into a glass jar. Allow to cool, covered. Refrigerate. Wait a week for the flavors to marry. Eat soon afterwards.

If you prefer to make jam,  leave out the onion, vinegar, garlic, and salt. Add three leaves of fragrant, edible rose or lemon geranium for a real Middle-Eastern flavored jam.

Enjoy!

Photo of mulberry chutney: Miriam Kresh; Top image via mauroguanandi

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4 thoughts on “RECIPE: Mulberry Chutney”

  1. Erika Mittermaier says:

    Oh Man! This was soooo yummy!!!! Great recipe! Had to just use white vinegar and lemon juice – also added some rosemary…can’t wait to serve it and then make more batches to give away : )

    – Erika

  2. Miriam Kresh says:

    Mulman, mulberry chutney goes well with a sharp cheese and some brown bread. Or on the side with chicken (or duck!)in orange sauce.

  3. Mulman says:

    Looks great, but how do you eat it? Does it go well with something else?

  4. We have an over-flow, I mean a serious bonanza of mulberries every year in the garden. They stick to and stain everything, but make a delightful treat when showering in our outdoor shower. The berries hang overhead. I'd soak them in salt and water first as they are filled with creatures, ants and fruit flies, some so small you can barely see. Nice to get a useful recipe. They are not so tasty to eat on their own. Very sweet but without the delightful tang of other berries, like raspberries.

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