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Mulberry trees have been cherished throughout history not only for their delicious fruit but also because of their ease of growing (10’ per year). They are also associated throughout history for their importance in the silk industry, in which the nourishing leaves have substance for silkworms in China for thousands of years. The berries ripen to a brilliant black, red, pink, or white berry.

In Ayurveda, mulberries are known as Shahtoot in Sanskrit and have been used in Ayurvedic medicine to improve eyesight, longevity, and immunity and help to control hypertension, build iron levels, support digestion with fiber, and are a powerful antioxidant.

Energetically, they have sweet, astringent, and sour tastes and are cooling in nature; they reduce Vata and Pitta but can increase Kapha in excess.

They are pretty sweet but have a low glycemic index, which can be an alternative for diabetes, and contain resveratrol known to fight cancer. They are high in fiber, antioxidants, and potassium, benefiting heart health and blood pressure.

High calcium benefits bone health, and their energetics promote liver detoxification and build immunity. Vitamin C content helps to fight off colds and flu, and their astringent kills off bacteria.

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