Thursday, May 14, 2009

Mulberry Muffins

Deep purple mulberries - mild and best eaten on its own
Loses its flavour in a muffin
I thought mulberries were a figment of someone's imagination - some person who had tricked children into running around an imaginary bush so early in the morning. But lo! When we arrived in Suzhou, famous for its silk, we were told that the silk worms feed on mulberry leaves. So, if there were mulberry leaves, there must be - mulberries! It's sold in the markets, and there's even a tree in our compound. I must've missed it all these years, or just never paid any attention, or maybe the fruit sellers just decided to add this to their stalls. The mulberries have a very short life - they go bad the next day. The flavour is mild compared to strawberries or blueberries. I thought I'd have a go at making mulberry muffins.

The result - not impressive. The muffin was dense, and the berries just didn't give off any flavour. Just plain bland. Perhaps it would taste better with a different muffin batter recipe. I'd like to say I will tweak it, but this is one I will just let go. Savour the mulberries as they are and move on to the next recipe.


  1. WOW you found mulberries!! Sorry these muffins did quite hit the spot for you but they do look gorgeous from here!

    Rosie x

  2. Hi Rosie,

    Mulberry season is over now and bayberries are making their appearance. Sadly they're unsuitable for muffins because of the stone in the middle. Hmm.. I may leave them to ferment and could be rewarded with a bayberry wine. Hic!

  3. Oh I love your idea for bayberry wine :0)


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