Monday, May 19, 2014

oodles of drupes

The mockingbirds (a.k.a. foolish for fruit) must be going crazy.

Mulberries—from the Old English mōrberie—are ripe and the few trees I’ve seen are loaded with berries this year, oodles of fruit, although, not a true berry, the fruits are really clusters of luscious drupes, each containing a small seed.

There are several red mulberry trees growing at Forks-of-the-River near Ijams and birds are not the only two-legged chordate feasting on the blackberry-like morsels. I’ve seen a few people eating them as well. 

Did I say they were luscious? 

They'll also stain your hands bright red, but you can lick the juice off your fingers. It's okay to be a kid, no one is watching.

Mulberry trees do not produce such huge crops every year; it would be too taxing. Generally they only oodle up every two or three springs. But this apparently is a big year, so go out and find a handful before the mockingbirds eat them all.

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