When did we last have fresh white, red or black mulberries? Garden-fresh mulberries are now a tale of the past, at least in urban areas. Gone are the days when we could pluck them off a neighbourhood tree and pop it into our mouths during a lazy stroll. Now, it’s an expensive fruit that comes in packets. But the nostalgia has stayed. Actor Siddharth recently quote-tweeted about the dark red fruit and reminisced his school days. Siddharth’s quote tweet showed a picture of juicy mulberries being sold at a roadside stall in Afghanistan.
Mulberries in a bowl
The original tweet said, “Shatoot. What do you call it?” Siddharth wrote, “Mulberry? Used to get it off a tree in my school in Delhi. Called Shahtoot there too.”
A flood of reactions followed his tweet. Many users commented about their memories of mulberries.
One user wrote that as a kid they “never used to buy this”, but always plucked it from trees.
as a kidi we never used to buy this always plucked from trees— El Camino (@ElCamino008) July 13, 2021
Another wrote, “How times have changed. Used to pluck and eat or waste it. Now, it’s coming in boxes.”
how times have changed, used to pluck and eat or waste it. Now it’s coming in boxes!!!— Honey George (@honeygeorge74) July 13, 2021
A third user felt it was unfortunate that “people in Delhi NCR region don’t know its value”, as “most of it goes waste falling on roads”.
Unfortunately people in Delhi NCR region don’t know its value. Most of it goes waste falling on roads…— Dr Elayaraja Paramu (@elayarajaparamu) July 13, 2021
A user commented on the reduction in mulberry trees in North India, and wondered “why”.
Shatoot comes in different shapes & color… Round & long… Dark red & light grey like grapes. It’s more or less a distinct fruit now… God only knows why!— Atul Asthana (@atuluae17) July 13, 2021
A few users also put down the regional names for this fruit.
Even we call it Shaitoot in Maharashtra ????????— Moaz Momin (@MoazMomin) July 13, 2021
We call them” Tul ” in Kashmiri !— Syed bilal (@Syedbil62264011) July 13, 2021
shetoor In gujarati— chaudhary dilipkumar (@dilipkumar2007) July 13, 2021
If you feel like going back to the old mulberry days, we have a few recipes for you. Check these out:
This tangy drink has the punch of mulberries alongside orange wedges, pomegranate, grape juice, lime rings and black salt. Add some kala khatta syrup, and your fruity wonder is ready.
This tangy drink has the punch of mulberries
2) Berry Kanji
The traditional drink uses fermented carrots but we can make it berry-licious with mulberries. Blend the frozen berries with spices like ajwain, black salt and chaat masala. You could add a smoky flavour to elevate the zing.
. You could add a smoky flavour to elevate the zing.
Mix mulberries with other berries of choice, blend them all with low-fat yoghurt, banana, orange juice and cinnamon. You’re sure to have a blast of flavours with this smoothie.
You’re sure to have a blast of flavours with this smoothie.
You can up the health factor by mixing berries, beetroot, oats and walnut milk in one health bowl. Add ginger and mint for taste.
Parfaits take time but this one is worth all the wait. After the white chocolate parfait is ready, make the mulberry syrup by heating the fruit with sugar in a saucepan. Pour over and enjoy.
Let us know about your favourite way to have mulberries.