Ken W Wilson wrote:David, I have a white mulberry planted at my house. I think it's actually called Lavender. It's not producing yet. I used to eat black mulberries off the tree when I was a kid. They stained pretty badly. Do some varieties of blacks stain less than others? Do cooked berries stain less?
Yes, some of the blacks stain very little, apparently. Pakistan is claimed to be "non-staining." My Illinois Everbearing, though, definitely turned your fingers purple for the day.
Good luck with the white. I like their delicate honey-like flavor.
I've read that the Pakistan blacks don't stain as bad but aren't as cold hardy. I may look into that again.
I might take a cutting of the black and put in back in the yard. I'll probably sell the farm in a few years. I don't have room for many more trees in the yard, but it sounds like mulberries can be kept as small as you want.