It’s mulberry season in my little corner of our world. Mulberries – like grapes and red wine – contain resveratrol, a polyphenol that “…can also slow the three stages of cancer development—initiation, promotion, and progression—by blocking the action of NF-kappa B.” [page 119-120, Servan-Schreiber, MD, PhD, David, Anticancer, A New Way of Life, 2009 edition]
My mulberries were not very sweet or juicy, so I make them into a salad dressing — which turned out great.
Mulberry Dressing for Salad
1 cup fresh, ripe, black mulberries (thoroughly washed and drained)
juice of ½ orange
1 tablepoon balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Place all of the ingredients into a blender and blend until nicely pureed.
Pour over mixed fruit or lettuce greens.
Freeze the dressing for later
With five cups of mulberries, I ended up with far more salad dressing than we could use at one time…so I poured the dressing into the muffin cups of my silicone muffin pan, placed the filled muffin pan in the freezer, and then I popped the frozen salad dressing mini muffins into a plastic bag for the freezer. Now I have mulberry salad dressing to defrost and use anytime!
Freeze the mulberries for later
- Wash the mulberries and let them drain
- Lay the mulberries out in one layer on a cookie sheet (or in pie pans)
- Place the sheet/pans in the freezer
- When the berries are frozen place them into plastic bags for the freezer.
A word of caution
Regarding red wine, a source of resveratrol — just like mulberries, Dr. Servan-Scheiber warns: “Because resveratrol also acts as an antiangiogenic, like thalidomide it can interfere with fetal development. This is one more reason to avoid alcohol (even red wine) during pregnancy.”[Servan-Schreiber, MD, PhD, David, Anticancer, A New Way of Life, 2009 Edition]
And…in general, always remember to consume a wide variety of healthy foods — not a lot of any one food.
This is the article from the Journal of Nutrition where I learned that mulberries contain resveratrol.
Enjoy and be healthy!