Manifest Abundance With a Mulberry Crisp
Updated: Jun 14
Last week, a Starling bird that I had never met before gave me a berry! It was a sweet, juicy, tasty mulberry, deep purple and fresh off the tree in my back yard. The Starling flew over my back porch and dropped the berry right next to my hand on the table where it rested. I hesitated for only a moment to think about putting something in my mouth that had just been in a bird's mouth! Yum!
The Starling must have heard me thinking about whether it was time for me to begin harvesting mulberries. He must have known that I was feeling a little lazy and needed a little extra encouragement to get up out of my chair. He must have known that it was time.
There is a mulberry tree in my back yard that volunteered itself there when I was going through some difficult times, and my community of friends had begun to join me in praying for abundance and health to come to me. The mulberry tree that was probably initially deposited in my yard by a bird flying overhead was a gift to my family from Mother Earth, and it gives me hope, no matter what comes my way.
There are also mulberry trees scattered throughout the parks in my hometown, and all of them are loaded with berries this year. For weeks already, the birds have been enjoying the berries that ripened in the tops of the trees, but over time, the ripening has been growing lower and lower until the berries on the branches I can reach are ready for me....and you!
Go have a look at the trees in your area. Maybe they are ready! If it is not simple to pick the berries on the tree you find, you can lay a tarp or blanket below it and give the branches a good shake. The ripe berries will fall onto the cloth and be easy to collect.
The black, fully ripe berries will be the sweetest, but the red berries are tangy and flavorful. I like to eat a mix of black and red berries together. The white, youngest berries are not very flavorful, but they are fine mixed in with the red and black berries in baked goods.
The mulberry tree is a symbol of abundance, beauty, and sharing. In early summer, the mulberry tree produces plentiful berries over the course of a few weeks. The berries do not ripen all at once, but in a luxurious procession so that this symbol of abundance is not instant and short-lived but sustaining. You can savor mulberries and eat them again and again to become satiated.
You will not be the only one! All kinds of birds love mulberries, as do many insects and the four-legged creatures that live on and under the ground. The berries also fertilize the soil, slowly releasing moisture even on dry sunny days. The mulberry gives abundance for all. There is more than enough to go around to everyone. Take what you need, and feel gratitude that there is plenty left for friends.
Interestingly, mulberry leaves are the favorite food of silk worms. The worms feast on mulberry leaves before weaving cocoons of silk fibers. In essence, our most luxurious fabric is made of mulberry!
According to Nutrition Facts, "Mulberries are filled with nutrients that are important for our body, including iron, riboflavin, vitamin C, vitamin K, potassium, phosphorus, and calcium. They also contain a significant amount of dietary fiber and a wide range of organic compounds, including phytonutrients, zeaxanthin, resveratrol, anthocyanins, lutein, and various polyphenolic compounds. According to the USDA, a cup of raw mulberries have 60 calories, 14 grams of carbohydrates, and 2 grams of protein. It is also high in water content (over 70 percent)."
The rich colors of mulberries are a sign of their nutrition content, and as long as you know that the tree is not in an area where it may have been sprayed with any fungicides, insecticides, or herbicides, you can trust that they are only full of goodness.
I love to eat mulberries raw right off the tree, but they are also good on icecream, in muffins, and as jam. However, my favorite mulberry treat is this Mulberry Crisp. The topping is from my Grandmother's French Apple Pie recipe.
Most of my recipes use pure real maple syrup instead of sugar for the health-giving compounds and reduced effective glycemic index. However, a mulberry crisp doesn't come out just right with syrup instead of sugar. So, make sure to use a turbinado sugar that has not been highly processed like white sugar. And let this be an occasional treat. (I serve it with homemade vanilla icecream that is made with raw milk and cream and maple syrup--and no sugar!)
Manifest Abundance in Ceremony
As you harvest your berries, stir the flour and sugar into your berries, pour the berries into the dish, watch and smell the berries warm in the oven, and eat them, let every step be a ceremony of gratitude and manifesting abundance.
Know that God has created Mother Earth to provide for us everything that we could possibly need. There is plenty to go around, and nature's helpers like the birds conspire to bring us the good things we enjoy.
Open your heart to the possibility of unknown friends unexpectedly bringing you exactly what will please you most. Let your enjoyment and pleasure be a prayer of thanksgiving for all of God's creation and the gifts you receive.
Share your mulberries with family and friends. Form the bonds of community through sharing in this bounty. Together, amplify your enjoyment and pleasure. Witness your loved ones in their prayer of thanksgiving, and allow abundance to increase.
Recipe for Mulberry Crisp by Shannon Gale
oil for dish
4 cups mulberries
sprinkling of cinnamon
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 Tablespoons organic flour
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup flour
1/3 cup butter
sprinkling of Real Salt
Preheat over to 375 degrees. Butter 9-inch pie or casserole dish.
In another bowl, combine 1/2 cup sugar, 3/4 cup flour, 1/3 cup butter, and a sprinkle of salt, until crumbly. (My mother always used a fork for this step, but I prefer to cut the cold butter into small pieces and then use my fingers to mash the butter into the flour). Sprinkle topping evenly over mulberries.
Bake for 45 minutes. Cool just a little bit and serve warm with homemade vanilla ice cream on the side, if desired.
Enjoy, and live vibrantly!
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