Live Superfoods Turkish White Mulberries, Organic, 12 oz

Turkish Mulberries, 12 ozMulberries, also known as morus fruit, are both sweet and nutritious. They are high in vitamin C, iron, calcium, and protein, and are a good source of dietary fiber. Mulberries have blood sugar regulating properties. Our organic mulberries are picked from the trees in Dut Village (Mulberry Village) in Turkey, and sun dried.Since ancient times, mulberries have been highly valued. Charlemagne, emperor of the Holy Roman Empire, ordered them culent times, mulberries have been highly valued. Charlemagne, emperor of the Holy Roman Empire, ordered them cultivated as a useful plant on the imperial farm, and Syrup of Mulberries is mentioned in Spain's Calendar of Cordova for the year 961. In Chinese Medicine, mulberries are classified as a blood tonic.Benefits of MulberriesMulberries are an excellent source of essential nutrients, includingVitamin CIronPotassiumManganeseMagnesiumB- Complex vitamins: B6, Niacin, Riboflavin & Folic AcidVitamin KSmall amounts of vitamins A and EMulberries are also an excellent source of many antioxidant compounds. Antioxidants help fight free radical damage that is linked to premature aging and many acute or chronic illnesses. Some of the antioxidant compounds found in mulberries include:AnthocyaninsResveratrolLuteinZea-xanthinBeta-caroteneAlpha-caroteneA History of MulberriesIn Ancient China, around 2700 BCE., the silk trade was bringing wealth to the empire. The tiny caterpillars responsible for the silk boom are fed a top secret food: white mulberry leaves. The same mulberries that had been used by traditional Chinese medicine practitioners as a treatment for coughs, diabetes, and to tonify the blood were responsible for the superior silk fibers that the entire economy rested on.In 300 CE the secret was out, as silk worms and mulberry shoots were smuggled to Japan. In the 1400s, European businessmen brought the secrets of silk making to France to keep up with the demand for ladies silk dresses and undergarments.Mulberry trees traveled from the Orient to European fields, and today the majority of white mulberries are cultivated in Turkey, a destination along the route of the historical silk trade route. The mulberries grown in Turkey today are only for fruit production, and no longer for leaves to feed silk producing caterpillars.From a fruit used as a Traditional Chinese Medicine, to a food source that grew an Empire, and back again as a food known for it's health promoting properties, the mulberry has a long history along the Silk Road.Mulberry UsesDried mulberries are somewhat crunchy, like figs. They can be eaten as is, providing a refreshing alternative to raisins or other dried berries, or used to make a mulberry candy (grind them in the blender, mix in nut butter, and sweeten to taste). Add mulberries to your homemade trail mix, stir into yogurt, cereals or oatmeals, or include them in your favorite raw energy bar recipe. Mulberries also make a tasty treat eaten straight from the bag.12 oz in resealable package read more