Imagine a juicy ripe berry, all sweet and tart and a little bit crunchy, dried out like a raisin: the sweetness gets intense, the chewiness appears to satisfy your jaw, and the experience changes completely. Weirdly, no one dries out raspberries or blackberries, but Sunfood has done it for one of the hot new superfoods on the block, the mulberry. When you pick up a dried mulberry it looks like the golden raisin version of a blackberry, light in color and lovely in the hand and on the tongue, inviting bouts of snacking that will fill your belly with vitamins and goodness. ~
For the true, true stories behind this incredible foodstuff, read on.
Mulberry? What in the heck is a mulberry? It's the fruit of a group of trees known as Moras that also produce silk. The berries can be multiple colors, but here we are talking about the Chinese White Mulberry, a golden pale fruit with mild flavor and an overload of nutrition.
Sunfood decided to offer mulberries on their own so that you could add them to anything your heart can desire, from breakfast to trail mix to smoothies. According to Sunfood, mulberries "are sweet, uniquely delicate berries bursting with flavor as well as vitamin C, which may function as an antioxidant to contribute to healthy immune function. Originally from East Asia, they come from deciduous trees that are so hearty and fast-growing that people began to cultivate them all over the world. In addition to vitamin C, mulberries are also rich in iron, plus they have calcium, potassium and vitamin A. Naturally sweet and amazingly fragrant, they are truly nature’s candy!"
Sunfood promises, "Our raw, certified organic White Mulberries are grown in a pristine environment without the use of pesticides, herbicides or chemical fertilizers. After being carefully harvested, they are dried by the sun to create the perfect level of moisture and chewiness. This gentle, preservative-free process ensures the vitality of delicate nutrients and enzymes to bring you the healthiest, most delicious mulberries available."
Why mulberries are so good for you
Wow, can you say nutrition? Fiber is the first thing you'll notice when looking at the nutrition information for mulberries – they're chock full of the goodness that will keep your, ahem, chocks flowing.
Here's even more benefits of mulberries:
- Mulberries have significantly high amounts of phenolic flavonoid phytochemicals called anthocyanins. Scientific studies have shown that consumption of berries have potential health effects against cancer, aging and neurological diseases, inflammation, diabetes, and bacterial infections.
- The berries contain resveratrol, another polyphenol flavonoid antioxidant.
- Further, the berries also contain small amounts of vitamin A, and vitamin E, in addition to the above-mentioned antioxidants. Consumption of mulberry provides another group of health promoting flavonoid polyphenolic antioxidants such as lutein, zea-xanthin, ß-carotene and α-carotene in small but notably significant amounts. Altogether, these compounds help act as protect from harmful effects of oxygen-derived free radicals and reactive oxygen species (ROS) that play a role in aging and various disease processes.
- Zea-xanthin, an important dietary carotenoid selectively concentrates into the retinal macula lutea, where it thought to provide antioxidant functions and protects the retina from the harmful ultraviolet rays through light-filtering actions.
- Mulberries are an excellent source of iron, which is a rare feature among berries, contain 1.85 mg/100 g of fruits (about 23% of RDI). Iron, being a component of hemoglobin inside the red blood cells, determines the oxygen-carrying capacity of the blood.
- They also good source of minerals like potassium, manganese, and magnesium. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure. Manganese is used by the body as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase.
- They are rich in B-complex group of vitamins and vitamin K. Contain very good amounts of vitamin B-6, niacin, riboflavin and folic acid. These vitamins are function as co-factors and help body in the metabolism of carbohydrates, protein, and fats.
How to use or eat Mulberries
Mix with other seeds and nuts for a hearty and tasty granola or trail mix. Eat them one by one, savoring the chew and teeny crunch from the seeds. Ponder the meaning of life as you hold one up, look at the convolutions and the way the light hits the mulberry and how its an analogy for your own sweet yet compressed life . . . Ok, sorry. Just eat them and smile. No couch required.
About Sunfood, in their own words
Years ago, a group of health minded individuals noticed an alarming trend in their towns and communities. They saw friends and family eating and drinking dead, processed foods full of chemicals. They knew that this was the path to obesity and disease, ultimately leading to western medicine’s suppression of symptoms with drugs and scalpels. This is not true healing.
Sunfood was born from their desire to create an alternative path to health. We believe that the secrets to health, energy and long life are found in nature through diet and nutrition. Building upon the wisdom of traditional and modern natural healing methods from all over the world, we are here to share powerful information and superfoods that help people heal and rejuvenate themselves naturally.
It is our quest to find the most nutrient dense, raw, organic, Non-GMO superfoods on the planet. Our search to uncover ancient and modern healing knowledge lost to our society has taken us all over the world, from the tropical regions of South America to the high mountains of Tibet.
Our family-operated business is located in San Diego, where we prepare superfoods in our certified organic facility and package them for you with care. We are passionate about empowering our Sunfood family through education, from our superfood specialists on the phones, to our newsletters filled with the latest health information, to recipes made with love from our kitchen to yours.