‘. . bringing in the Dut, we shall come rejoicing bringing in the Dut’

‘Late Spring, season of mists and mellow fruitfulness.’

Well, it has been around here this year; what with all the late, unseasonal rain there has been many a misty start to our day and that has meant that morning rambles in search of the mellow fruitfulness has been much less of a sweaty experience. I’m talking here about the Dut or Mulberry, both white and black, of which we have loads close by. For those of an inquisitive disposition, the White Mulberry, Morus alba, is a native of eastern and central China, long naturalised in Europe, and the Black Mulberry, Morus nigra, is a native of western Asia.

For those less interested in feeding their mind and more interested in feeding the inner-man (or woman), the fruits of these trees are decidedly edible and decidedly delicious! J and I spend just a short time every few days collecting this free bounty to grace our morning bowl of muesli – what a treat! If you live almost anywhere in Turkey you’ll likely find these trees around; they are tough, able to put up with just about any form of abuse and they fruit prolifically. J and I have been known to come home with our bags and bellies full, and our hands and mouths stained in our efforts to prevent what might otherwise be a disgraceful waste of nature’s bounty.

For those of you who are just too tired to get off your sun loungers, you can buy dried dut by the bagful at your local kuruyemiş (dried food) shop, and sprinkle that on your cereal. And it makes a delicious and healthy alternative snack at any time.

Alan Fenn, Okçular Köyü

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