Mulberry Pie Recipe

Mulberry Pie Recipe

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Have you ever had Mulberry Pie? Mulberries are probably my favorite berry, and not just because they remind me of my childhood.

Tart when they’re not quite ready, and oh-so-sweet when ripe; I can definitely over-indulge! But besides plucking them off the tree and plopping them in your mouth, you’ll want to make sure you save some for this delicious Mulberry Pie Recipe.

When I grew up in Chicago, we had a red mulberry tree right outside our front door. The tree was situated between the sidewalk and the street. This beautiful tree’s branches resembled that of a weeping willow and were dotted with hundreds if not thousands of mulberries.

The whole neighborhood seemed to love our tree. In fact, it was not uncommon to find people out there shaking the tree or even climbing it to pick the juicy mulberries. I have to say, my mom showed much more restraint than I would have. But I digress, let’s get back to the topic at hand: my Mulberry Pie recipe…

slice of mulberry pie on a green plate with ice cream

My Mulberry Pie Recipe

I wish I could say this mulberry pie recipe was passed down from my mom. Sadly, mom was not much of a baker. In fact, mom baked three things: Kileche, Kadeh, and her delicious Orange Cake.

Surprisingly, she didn’t even make jam with the mulberries from our tree. We basically ate them straight out of the tree, just like our neighbors.

As mentioned in previous posts, I generally have a great cooking instinct. I know what ingredients belong in a recipe. But when working on a new recipe, I also like to research the subject. Next, I test my recipe and make the necessary adjustments.

Luckily, I’m normally on the right track, so not a whole lot of adjustments are required. So when Scott recently brought home a bagful of mulberries that my sister-in-law, Tami had sent me from Arizona, I knew I had to perfect mulberry pie!

Do You Have To Pick the Stems off of Mulberries Before Making Mulberry Pie? 

You may be wondering if you should pick the stems off of the mulberries before using them in this mulberry pie. The good news is that it’s not necessary. The stems soften during the cooking process and blend in with the berries. You’ll never know the difference, and neither will your guests.

How to Make A Mulberry Pie

  1. Preheat oven to 375-degrees F
  2. Line the bottom of a 9″ pie plate with one of the two pie crusts.
  3. If using frozen fruit, let the mixture stand for 30 minutes or until partially frozen.
  4. Mix mulberries with orange zest, and orange juice.
  5. In another bowl, mix sugar, flour, and salt.
  6. Stir flour into the mulberry mixture.
  7. Pour the mulberry mixture into the prepared pie crust.
  8. Dot with butter, and top with the remaining pie crust, in a lattice fashion.
  9. Cover pie edges with foil or pie crust protectors. Bake for an hour, or until the mixture is bubbly and begins to ooze out of the lattice crust.
  10. Cool before slicing. Enjoy with some vanilla ice cream.

The exact measurement for this mulberry pie recipe can be found in the recipe card below.

To learn how to do the lattice crust, check out this video: https://youtu.be/vwQYd2ljw-4

mullberries
Fresh or frozen mulberries may be used in this mulberry pie recipe.
mulberries and orange zest
unbaked mulberry pie dotted with butter

Mulberry Related Facts

When you hear the word “mulberry” what comes to mind? For me it’s two things; our red mulberry tree in Chicago, and the following children’s rhyme:

Here we go round the mulberry bush
The mulberry bush, the mulberry bush
Here we go round the mulberry bush
So early in the morning

Admit it, you’re singing along, aren’t you?

Do Mulberries Grow on Trees or Bushes?

There are many mulberry varieties. Some grow on trees and others on bushes. However, there are three main species of mulberries:

  1. White Mulberry (native to Eastern and Central China).
  2. Black Mulberry (native to Western Asia and Europe).
  3. Red Mulberry (native to the Eastern United States).

There are also hybrid varieties and related species like the Korean Mulberry and Himalayan Mulberry.

In China, the white mulberry tree (Morus alba) is mainly grown for its leaves. You see, the leaves are what silkworms feed on. In fact, the worms make silk in their cocoons that is then harvested to be used commercially.

You can learn more about this fascinating topic at the following link: Mulberry Trees and Silkworms.

When is Mulberry Season in the U.S.?

In the United States, mulberry trees grow in every state but Nevada and Alaska. Mulberry harvesting season begins in mid-June and goes through August. 

Some cities in the U.S. such as El Paso, Texas, and Phoenix, Arizona don’t allow the planting of new mulberry trees. This is due to the amount of pollen the mulberry trees produce.

kids under a mulberry tree
My niece, Ninva, brother, Ninos, and Alex, my cousin’s little boy (1984).
boy and girl under a tree.
This picture of Nena and Scotty was taken in front of my mom’s house (under the mulberry tree) in Chicago, in 2000. We paid mom a surprise visit all the way from San Diego. The kids knocked on her door to trick or treat, while I stood by wearing a mask. Mom didn’t realize it was us. She repeatedly mentioned to my sisters: “Look at how much these kids look like Nena and Scotty.” Everyone was in on the surprise, except mom. She was so excited when I ripped off my mask and she realized it really was us!
3 ladies under a mulberry tree
My niece, Ninva, me, and my sister, Beni, sneaking some mulberries and a photo opportunity under our favorite mulberry tree. The neighbors thought we were crazy and didn’t realize we used to live in this house (2016).

Mulberry Nutritional Benefits

In doing a little research, I discovered mulberries are related to figs, no wonder I love them so much! Here are some other facts I gleaned from healthline.com:

  • Mulberries are relatively low calories, at 60 calories per cup.
  • There are 9.8 grams of carbs in one cup of mulberries, making mulberries a great low-carb fruit option.
  • Mulberries are rich in vitamin C and Iron, and also contain Potassium and vitamins E and K.
  • Mulberries not only lower cholesterol levels, but can also ward off cancer, heart disease, and diabetes.

With all these health benefits (and more that I didn’t mention) make sure mulberries are a part of your regular diet.

mulberry pie sprinkled with colorful sugar
I sprinkled my mulberry pie with some colorful coarse sanding sugar, but you can use regular sugar, or skip this step altogether.
pie with crust protectors
When baking a pie, it’s always a good idea to protect the pie crust from burning with some crust protectors.
mulberry pie with a green and white napkin

You might also want to check out the following recipes: Wild Huckleberry Pie, Chokecherry Syrup, Caramel Apple Pie, Fresh Pear Pie, and Foraging for Food (including mulberries) recipes.

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lattice top mulberry pie with a green and white napkin
Mulberry Pie Recipe
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 15 mins
 

Tasty lattice-top mulberry pie.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 slices
Calories: 238 kcal
Author: Hilda Sterner
Ingredients
  • 1 Pillsbury pie crust
  • 3-1/2 cups mulberries
  • 1 orange (zested)
  • 1 T. orange juice
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 T. butter
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375-degrees F

  2. Line the bottom of a 9″ pie plate with one of the two pie crusts.

  3. If using frozen fruit, let the mixture stand for 30 minutes or until partially frozen.

  4. Mix mulberries with orange zest, and orange juice.

  5. In another bowl, mix sugar, flour, and salt.

  6. Stir flour into the mulberry mixture.

  7. Pour the mulberry mixture into the prepared pie crust.

  8. Dot with butter, and top with the remaining pie crust, in a lattice fashion.

  9. Cover pie edges with foil or pie crust protectors. Bake for an hour, or until the mixture is bubbly and begins to ooze out of the lattice crust.

  10. Cool before slicing. Enjoy with some vanilla ice cream.

Nutrition Facts
Mulberry Pie Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 238 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 9mg3%
Sodium 209mg9%
Carbohydrates 32g11%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 30g33%
Protein 1g2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


4 thoughts on “Mulberry Pie Recipe”

  • 5 stars
    Do you still live in San Diego?? I just bought a slew of mulberries up in Escondido today at the Farm Stand off of the 15North! I’m making your recipe but I’m going to use it in some small hand pies. I’ll let you know how they turn out!

  • Hi Yvette,
    I am currently going back and forth between San Diego and Montana. However, at the moment, I’m in San Diego. We’re transitioning to Montana within a year or so. I’m looking forward to hearing how it goes, good luck!

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