These white mulberries come from the silk mulberry tree. Mulberries are referred to in Chinese pharmacopoeia as "sang shen" and have been cultivated in China for centuries. Today, they mainly come from the Middle East and Asia Minor, although Turkey is now the main mulberry-producing country.
There are different types of mulberries: black and white. White mulberries have a better taste - slight sweet with a hint of vanilla - and a nicer texture.
Mulberries are eaten dried and whole, and are perfect in accompaniment to other berries or dried fruits, for example as finger food alongside a drink. The agro-food industry uses them to extract their anthocyanins, edible natural colouring agents. They can be incorporated when preparing ice cream, pies, blackberry liqueur or chocolate mousse.
Mulberries are highly concentrated in resveratrol (which has an antioxidant effect), iron and vitamin C. There are many benefits attributed to mulberries, such as invigorating, fatigue fighting powers. They may also be recommended in treating anxiety or insomnia and can have a positive effect on dizziness, anaemia and certain vision problems.