If the smell and sight alone of these dark potent clusters of juice don’t activate your blood…
These blood tonic berries, known as Tūta in Ayurveda, protect the cardiovascular system and “cool down” the blood, helping in inflammatory conditions like skin diseases, burning sensation, burning urination, fever and excess pitta.
That is why nature divinely organises mulberries to fruit at the beginning of summer, to hydrate and cool us down.
Eat Fruit Alone
Although the sweet, heavy (guru) and moist quality provides stable balance for excess vata and pitta in the colon, this fruit is heavy to digest, so eat it alone.
Anthropologically, we would find a bush/tree, excitingly cheer at the sight of ripe fruits, feast on as many ripe fruits as we could, and then continue our journey. No fruit salads or mixed smoothies, just one single fruit. Hopefully in abundance.
Unripe Berries, Bark & Leaves as Medicine
The sour unripe fruit is also used in Ayurvedic medicine as a laxative, however beware because it has a heating action (usna virya) which aggravates the blood and pitta and is further harder to digest.
Stick to the dark coloured ripe berries for those harvesting the common red (Morus rubra and black (morus nigra) mulberry).
In addition, the bark and leaves of this abundant tree are prepared into decoctions or pastes to help treat diseases of the throat.
The Medicine and Joy of Foraging
Overall, just finding a tree and harvesting mulberries is incredibly energising for the body and soul.
Then reward yourself by eating the berries or drinking the juice and be imbued with tonic energy, especially helpful for those debilitated, fatigued, breast-feeding and exhausted post-childbirth.
How To Forage Mulberries
- Find a tree, (they are quite common around residential areas).
- Sweep and place a clean sheet on the ground below (optional).
- Give the tree a gentle shake so the ripe berries fall onto the ground.
- Collect the berries.
- Get creative.
Rasa: Madhura, Amla (depending on ripness)
Synonyms: Tuta, tula, puga, kramuka, bhahmadaru
Source; Bhavaprakasa, ch 6. Vatadi Varga (Group of trees like vata etc.).