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Getting to know Mulberry

Mulberries are refreshing, delicious and nutritious fruits enjoyed by people all over the world. The fruits, like grapes, are red or white, and grow in bunches called “drupes”.

Getting to know - Mulberry

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Mulberries are cultivated in countries where silk is a major export. This is because silk worms love feasting on leaves of mulberry trees. It goes without saying, therefore, that mulberries are widely grown in China.

The Chinese term for the mulberry plant is ‘Sang’, and the fruits are known in China as ‘Sanshenzi’ or simply ‘Sangshen’. It is juicy with a sweet taste. A hint of sourness can sometimes be found in the less mature fruits.

Apart from its use in Chinese cuisine and China’s silk production, mulberries are a favourite of those who find themselves in a bit of a health kick. Here are some of the claimed health benefits of mulberries:

Source of Antioxidants – Antioxidants present in mulberries help lessen the damage caused by free radicals.

Immune System Support – Mulberries contain alkaloids that activate macrophages, which are white blood cells that stimulate the immune system.

Supports Healthy Blood Sugar – Traditional medicine in China, mulberry leaves to promote balanced blood sugar levels,  because mulberry is believed to contain compounds that support balanced blood sugar levels

Healthy Food – Dried mulberries are a great source of protein, vitamin C and K, fibre, and iron.

Resists Redness – Practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine have used mulberries as a remedy for swelling and redness.

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