As our stock of Mulberry Vodka begins to dwindle (until the new season arrives!) I wanted to dedicate an individual blog and tribute to the mulberry fruit. By chance we were given a relatively small batch of Kent grown mulberries last year and thought that they were such beautifully ripe fruit that they would make a wonderful full and vibrant beverage. Our Mulberry Vodka has left us and our customers in awe of this unique fruit and of what it can do when given the appropriate amount of care and attention.
Mulberries are famous for being the juiciest and bloodiest of all fruits. The mulberry tree is featured in Greek mythology; an ill-fated story of lovers Pyramus and Thisbe who declared their love for each other through a crack in an adjoining wall. On a rare meeting under a white mulberry tree, their love story turns to tragedy when Pyramus believes that Thisbe has been killed by a nearby lioness, so falls on his sword splashing his blood over the mulberry tree, staining the white mulberry fruit dark. Thisbe arrives somewhat later, discovers Pyramus's body and through sheer grief kills herself with the same sword. The gods listen to Thisbe's sorrow and change the white mulberry fruit colour, to a dark bloodstained colour forever in honor of their forbidden love.
For our Mulberry Vodka we use the Morus nigra variety - the black mulberry fruit. The black mulberry is native to Western Asia. The fruit is large and bulbous, with each fruit measuring anything from 2-5cm long. The black mulberry tree will appear to the onlooker aged and gnarled, with drooping branches and the impression that the tree is in rapid decline and despair. When planted in uncrowded conditions, full sunshine, deep soils with good drainage the mulberry tree will thrive. However, the tree can be a slow grower and may not bear any fruit for many many years, in some cases 6-9 years. During this dormant time the mulberry tree is said to make an excellent and handsome tree shade. So if we do endure a mulberry drought this year in Kent then we suggest you enjoy the tree for its shade; whilst of course sipping one of our other delectable fruit infused alcoholic drinks!