Saturday, January 3, 2009

Mulberry Tree

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.

6 comments:

Chuck Pefley said...

That's a tree with a great deal of character :)

mouse (aka kimy) said...

but did he and his cousins enjoy going around the mulberry bush!

and was it so early in the morning?

those are some festive glasses you are wearing these days! happy 2009!

Petrea said...

It's a beautiful old, gnarly thing. I'm just catching up and I love the posts about your husband's family farmhouse, too. Wonderful stories.

Happy new year, Saretta!

Pietro said...

Saretta, this is a very attractive picture.
Happy New Year!

USelaine said...

I hope you'll show us the fruit, when the time comes. 8^)

Paul said...

I live in England, the mulberry is not common here, when I see one it reminds me of childhood, we had one in the school grounds.
I look forward to seeing more of Molfetta. Who could not love Cinema Paradiso.