In south east Texas the Mulberries are ripening and I have an ancient Mulberry tree in my backyard.

Mulberry Tree

The birds love to eat them and always manage to leave  technicolored red-purple poop over everything so I’m going to pick as many as I can to minimize the car washing. I’m thinking of experimenting and making an ink from the red dye of the berries and then making a painting of the mulberries with it. And of course I plan on eating some in a pie or a cobbler.

I found this recipe for Mulberry Cobbler on

It’s a basic cobbler recipe but I love it because it tells you how to get the Mulberries out of the tree!

  • 2 cups mulberries
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 3/4 cup of whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup of milk
  • 1. Place a tarp, blanket or cloth under a mulberry tree to collect the mulberries. Secure the tarp with rocks. Shake the limbs with a limb hook or rake, or allow the tarp to rest there for approximately 24 hours. During this time mulberries will fall to the ground. Retrieve any fallen mulberries within a day or two to prevent other debris from collecting on the tarp. When working with the mulberries try not to pick them up individually, this will smash them and leave your fingers purple.

    2. Rinse the mulberries with water. You do not need to remove the stems.

    3.Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

    4. In a bowl combine the mulberries with the sugar. Mix well.

    5. Melt the butter and pour it into an 8 inch square glass pan. Cover the bottom of the pan with the melted butter.

    6. In a seperate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Mix well. Add the milk to the mixture to make batter.

    7. Pour the batter evenly into the glass pan. Spoon mulberries evenly over batter.

    8.Bake the mulberry cobler for 20 minutes.


    And then I’ll eat it with Blue Bell. Yum!


    1. I love the directions. We had a mulberry tree at a former home but I never thought to use the berries in anything…I was just so put out over the purple poop on everything.

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