Persian Mulberry trees
Persian Red Mulberries are, simply put, delicious. It is no wonder that Persians refer to them as ShahToot, king of mulberries. These small wide dark red berries can be easily mistaken for blackberries because of their similar shape and form. However, the similarities end there as, frankly speaking, Red Persian Mulberries are far superior taste wise to Blackberries. The fruit itself, when ripe, is soft and juicy with a perfect combination of sweet and sour taste.
The tree itself not only produces a fruit that is distinctly different from other Mulberry trees, but it also has different growth habits. Red Mulberry trees can grow large and upright. While the tree’s growth rate is slow, it produces fruit for an extended period of time during the summer months. Just like the White Mulberry tree, this type of tree should not be planted near buildings or pipes due to its strong root system which can be damaging.
While Shah Toot has been one of the most beloved Persian fruits for centuries, and only available at Persian stores outside of Iran, in recent years non-Persians have discovered their uniqueness. In fact, nowadays during the summer months in SouthernCalifornia Red Persian Mulberries can be found at select Farmers Markets. Red Persian Mulberries are delicious consumed fresh, however, they are also ideal for preserves or jams, make an extraordinary pie filling, and a to die for syrup to be enjoyed over pancakes or crepes.
The Persian Red Mulberry tree is known as the Shah Toot, and produces very delicious, dark red, wide, juicy fruit with a very pleasant sour and sweet flavor when ripe. The fruit itself turns almost into a black shade resembling a Blackberry, however, the taste, texture, and the plant’s growth habits are very different. Red Mulberry trees can grow large and upright. However, Shah toot grows at a slower rate than other Mulberry trees. This type of tree also produces long during the summer months. The Shah Toot is one of the most beloved Persian fruit trees available in the United States.
One of the most beloved Iranian Mulberries is known as Shah Toot (شاه توت). It is very juicy and sweet with some sourness until it fully ripens to becoming dark red (almost black) with extremely sweet and delicious flavor. Can grow up to 25-30 ft with large heart-shaped leaves and ripens in the Summer.