This past weekend at Old Town Scottsdale Farmers Market, I discovered the most magical snack – dried white mulberries from Zack, The Health Foodie. Zack is known for his delicious kale chips and honey. This season he’s been adding in all sorts of delicious, dried fruits that are considered to be ‘super foods’, packed with vital nutrients – many of which I never heard of growing up in the Midwest. **Just to note – I am not a purist when it comes to diet, I’m just amazed with how tasty these berries are and how good they are for you.
To simply describe the dried white mulberries, they have the texture of granola with a bit of chewiness and sweet flavor similar to maple syrup. I had to ask several times if anything was added to them since they tasted so delicious.
To my surprise, they’re considered a medicinal herb used in Chinese Medicine with so many health benefits. If you want to control your blood sugar and help your heart at the same time, look no further. Dried white mulberries are the tasty new health sensation that’s about to sweep the country.
Learn everything you need to know about this exciting new superfood by reading this simple checklist I made based on googling this delicious treat:
-While many dried fruits contain 30 to 40 grams of sugar (more sugar than a candy bar!), dried mulberries contain less than half the amount of sugar found in raisins and significantly less than dried figs, cranberries, bananas, pineapples, mangos and dates.
-Even though they’re lighter in sugar, these little berries are sweet, with a taste similar to fig and a consistency like a raisin.
-The berries pack a powerful antioxidant punch thanks to phenols that help neutralize damaging free radicals.
-Studies suggest that the antioxidants in white mulberries may help protect the heart against damage from some toxins.
-The berries are also a great source of protein, containing 4 grams of protein in just 1/3 of a cup.
-Watching your weight? No need to worry – mulberries have no saturated fat.
-The white mulberry leaves have scientists especially excited, since they may help prevent diabetes.