Discovering a new ingredient can make the world of difference to maintaining a healthy diet that’s also varied, fun, interesting and tasty. Could dried mulberries be your next favourite pantry staple?
Dried mulberries are readily available in the UK and offer a sweet and nutritious alternative to popular dried fruits. For example, they’re a great substitute for cranberries, blueberries and raisins.
The mulberry fruit is a relation of the fig, and in Asia and America they grow as voraciously as blackberries do within UK hedgerows. Whilst the mulberry tree does grow on UK shores, it’s the dried variety that’s most popular and readily available for snacks and baking.
Incredibly versatile, this delicious dried fruit is ideal for a quick on-the-go treat, and excellent in a range of tasty recipes. Try them sprinkled on breakfast cereal or yoghurt. Maybe stir them into porridge or add them to granola. Or try them frozen in a sorbet, blended in smoothies or made into jam or mulberry crumble.
Whether you’re a mulberry newcomer or a long-time lover of this sweet and tasty berry, here’s five of our favourite dried mulberry recipes.
A handful of chewy dried mulberries gives the humble banana bread a berry tasty twist. Swirl a generous portion of mulberries into the mix before baking. This adds an instant injection of zingy berry that contrasts with the smooth taste of banana.If you’ve not yet had a go at creating your own banana bread, why not try our blueberry and banana loaf recipe, substituting the blueberries for mulberries. It’s gluten-free, wheat-free, dairy free, vegetarian and vegan with no refined sugar.
The comfort food of our childhoods, flapjack is as simple to cook as it is to devour. Dried mulberries give an unexpected twist to this all-time favourite snack.Enjoy making these oaty flapjacks in just over half an hour. Simply substitute the dried cranberries for dried mulberries. A delicious treat and gluten-free too.
Simply add a handful of dried mulberries to your favourite smoothie recipe for an instant injection of superfood nutrition. Soaking your mulberries for a short while before adding them to the mix helps them blend more easily.
Sweet, chewy and deliciously moreish, dried mulberries are versatile drops of tasty goodness. They’re as good for on-the-go snacking as they are for delicious baking. And there’s a host of mulberry recipes to enjoy. Rich in vitamins and minerals and powerful antioxidants, add these little gems of dried fruit goodness to your shopping list – they could become your next pantry favourite.
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Last updated: 7 September 2020