If there is one good thing about end of summer and the beginning of autumn, it is that it’s mulberry season, a fruit that is not only delicious, but also full of health benefits.
The mulberry is a “multi drupe” fruit, meaning it is made up of small drupes in cluster formation. Its size varies between 1-3 centimeters, depending on the species.
Its color varies according to its phase of maturation: it starts out as a greenish white, red when it is green and black or dark purple when it is already in phase of maturation. There are only two variants whose with different coloring, the morus alba (from green to white) and rubus chamaemorus (whose ripening color is golden yellow).
What nutritional value do mulberries provide?
● 85% of their composition is water. 15%, excellent sugars like glucose and levulose.
● Low caloric intake, as they contain few carbohydrates.
● Proteins, lipids and no cholesterol.
● Excellent source of fiber.
● One of the fruits that provide the most antioxidants to our bodies: flavonoids, carotenoids and pterostilbene.
● Significantly high content of Vitamin C. Also, although in a smaller amount, contain Vitamins A and B (niacin, thiamine and riboflavin).
● Rich in minerals: potassium, iron, calcium magnesium, manganese and zinc.
● They also contain natural acids such as chlorogenic, ferulic, ursolic and malic.
Who benefits from mulberry consumption?
After learning about all of their properties, we could say that mulberries should be part of everyone’s diet because of their many health benefits.
However, they are particularly suitable for:
● People who need low calorie diets
● In case of constipation (it’s important that they are ripe)
● For diarrhea and colitis (in these cases, they should not be unripe)
● People with heart problems, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, or diabetes (blackberry pterostilbene helps regulate blood glucose and fight Type II diabetes)
● People with circulatory problems or skin conditions