Mulberry is a super food that contains vitamins minerals and micronutrients.
All the parts of Mulberry tree -leaves, fruit, bark all are useful.
- The delicious and flavourable berries come in black ,red and white colour.
- Berries are used for making wine, fruit juices , jams and canned foods. Are also eaten raw or in dried form like raisins. Mulberries contain 88% of water.
- They are very rich in
- Vitamin C -which is good for skin health
- Iron -which helps in transporting oxygen throughout the body.
- Vitamin K – which helps in blood clotting and bone health.
- Potassium – which lowers the blood pressure.
- Rich in Vitamin E.
- Also used for flavouring and for natural colouring.
- Leaves have medicinal, culinary and industrial applications
- Rich in antioxidants, vitamins, zinc, calcium, potassium, protein, magnesium…..
- Feed for dairy animals- As grasslands are reducing and mulberry trees are hardy , perennial , fast growing and rich source of protein.
- Food source of silkworm(Bombyx Mori)-caterpillar feeds on mulberry leaves (Sericulture) Mori Silk
- Contribution – 90% of the total global raw silk production
- Leaves are palatable -used to make tinctures and herbal teas.
- Medical Benefits
- Combat Diabetes
- Reduce Cancer Risk
- Promote Heart Health as they reduce cholesterol
- Reduce inflammation
Used for manufacturing Paper and Sports good items.
- Control atmospheric pollution.
- Increase water retention in soil in mulberry gardens.
- Network of roots dense ,so prevent soil erosion
- Adapts well in desert areas.
- Leaves have a high absorption capacity to assimilate air pollutants like chlorine, hydrogen, fluoride…..
- Rural people – economic activities (sericulture, composting with sericulture waste, rearing livestock feeding on mulberry leaves).