This large mulberry tree was already large when my husband was a little boy. He fondly remembers climbing up into it while playing hide and seek with his cousins, while building a sling-shot, while day-dreaming. He was happy to see it is doing well on the farm in San Ferdinando di Puglia.
The mulberry (called "gelso" in Italian) is a common tree around here. It produces a tasty yellow or purple fruit: the mulberry, of course. We have one in our yard here in Molfetta. The fruit ripens in the summer and you have to pick it when the moment is just right. Too early and the berries are dry and tasteless, too late and they get bruised or eaten by insects.
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