Dried black mulberries: uses and nutritional benefits

The mulberry tree is a plant of the family Moraceae. Among this family, only 3 mulberry trees have our attention: the black mulberry (Morus nigra L.), the red mulberry (Morus rubra L.) and the white mulberry (Morus alba L.). Mulberry is versatile, as many parts of the plant have been consumed for centuries. The leaves are particularly interesting and would help fight against multiple pathologies, including diabetes. The fruit of the black mulberry is a source of craze, especially in Europe. Its sour taste, rich in aroma, easily flavors culinary preparations. In terms of health benefits, it offers a whole range of nutrients. From fiber to iron, black Mulberries fight against intestinal disorders, fatigue and anemia. Several scientific studies are interested in their properties on the body. All these analyses are unanimous on the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory capacities of Black Mulberries. Indeed, we find various phytochemical compounds, such as flavonoids or alkaloids. These phytonutrients also make it effective against bacterial or fungal infections. Latin name: Morus nigra L. Botanical family: Moraceae. Part used : Fruit.

Recommended consumption

The dried black Mulberries is a dry fruit. It therefore contains more sugar than a fresh Mulberry, the recommendations for daily consumption are defined. In classic cure or for pleasure, 20 to 30 g or 5 to 8 teaspoons of dried black Mulberries per day.

In what form?

To make the most of their benefits, you can use them :

  • Whole
At what time of day?

We advise you to use them during the following meal(s) to take full advantage of their benefits:

  • Breakfast
  • Snacks
What modes of use?

You can incorporate them into the following preparations to make them easier to take:

  • Dessert
  • Yoghurt, dairy
  • Only
  • Mixed with other dried fruits
  • Muesli

Health Nutrition Benefits

25 grams of dried black Mulberries contain a significant portion of the Population Nutritional Reference (PNR) of Iron. They also contain, to a lesser extent, Fiber.

As such, dried Black Mulberries can complement your healthy and varied diet.


Thanks to their fiber, black Mulberries slow down and reduce the absorption of nutrients, including carbohydrates and cholesterol. They are therefore indicated in cases of diabetes and cholesterol disorders. In addition, the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities of Black Mulberries are widely documented. These two capacities limit the occurrence of cardiovascular complications that can follow a diabetes or a hypercholesterolemia: atheromatous plaques.

Immune system

In case of bacterial or fungal infections, Black Mulberries can support the immune system against these microorganisms. Studies indicate that Black Mulberries limit bacterial and fungal development. They also stimulate the immune system by providing iron, which helps the immune system function. The nutrients in dried Black Mulberries reinforce the immune benefits of a varied and balanced diet.

Cardiac system

Black Mulberries influence the contractility of the heart. They significantly decrease the heart rate without affecting the strength of the heart contraction.

Digestive system

Several scientific studies show that Black Mulberries protect against gastric ulcers induced by chronic alcohol consumption. Moreover, the liver would also benefit from dried Black Mulberries. Indeed, they would improve antioxidant protection and the functioning of liver enzymes. In addition, Mulberries protect against constipation due to their high fiber content (see our constipation and diet guide).

Nervous system, well-being

Insufficient energy intake or dietary deficiencies contribute to feelings of fatigue. Black Mulberries are carbohydrate carriers, a source of energy that can be easily used by our body. In addition, the iron in Mulberries contributes to reduce fatigue and cognitive functions.

Circulatory system

Iron deficiency anemia can be caused by inadequate iron intake (see our iron deficiency anemia and diet guide). Black Mulberries are rich in iron, restoring the body's iron stores.

Nutritional properties

Main properties

  • Antioxidant (polyphenol, flavonoid, anthocyanin, resveratrol): numerous studies trace the antioxidant activity of Black Mulberries. This activity is conferred by certain phytonutrients present, such as polyphenols, flavonoids, resveratrols and anthocyanins.
  • Anti-inflammatory (flavonoid): black Mulberries have widely documented anti-inflammatory activity. They are richly composed of flavonoids known to limit the inflammatory process.
  • Antalgic: Two studies indicate that total flavonoid extracts from Black Mulberries decrease pain duration and response.
  • Broad-spectrum antibacterial: Black Mulberries show a broad-spectrum antibacterial effect, especially against Pseudomonas aeruginosa. In contrast, the bark and leaf of black mulberry have more potent antibacterial activity than the fruit.
  • Cardiovascular protector (fiber, resveratrol): black Mulberries are naturally high in fiber and low in saturated fatty acid. Dietary fiber reduces the absorption of cholesterol. In excess, saturated fatty acids increase cholesterol levels. Moreover, resveratrol supports the cholesterol-lowering effect by limiting the bioavailability of cholesterol. Moreover, a study affirms that black Mulberries reduce the development and deterioration of atherosclerosis.
  • Hepatoprotective (anthocyanin, flavonoid, phenolic acid): black Mulberries influence liver enzyme levels: ASAT, ALAT and GGT; they also increase SOD and glutathione peroxidase activity in the liver. These two antioxidant enzymes protect the liver from oxidative stress. These activities can be attributed to the considerable presence of phenolic compounds.
  • Laxative (fiber): black Mulberries speed up intestinal transit. They are rich in fiber, which increases stool volume and gas production. Factors that stimulate stool evacuation.
  • Black Mulberries control blood sugar (fiber): black Mulberries have a low to medium glycemic index, thanks to the high concentration of fiber. They help combat large blood sugar swings after meals.
  • An appetite regulator (fiber): black Mulberries promote a sense of fullness. This is because they have a low to medium glycemic index, which harmonizes blood sugar levels. Conversely, large variations in blood sugar promote the desire to eat.
  • Contributing to energy metabolism (carbohydrate, iron): black Mulberries have a majority carbohydrate energy. Carbohydrates account for over 50% of our body's energy sources. In addition, the strong presence of iron contributes to the synthesis of ATP (energy) from macronutrients.

Secondary properties

  • Antianemic (iron): iron is essential for the formation and function of red blood cells. In its absence, disorders in red blood cell production and function are inevitable.
  • Anti-fatigue (iron): black Mulberries contribute to daily iron intake. Iron is known to reduce fatigue.
  • Immunomodulating (iron): thanks to iron, Black Mulberries participate in the functioning of the immune system. Iron promotes the formation of reactive oxygen species that help fight pathogens.
  • Participating in tissue growth (iron): black Mulberries are iron carriers. Iron participates in the process of cell division: the process that allows the body's tissues to grow.
  • Mental tonic (iron): black Mulberries fight iron deficiency. An iron deficiency decreases intellectual abilities.
  • Antifungal: the aqueous and methanolic extracts of Black Mulberries inhibit the development of candidiasis. This antifungal power has been demonstrated on candidosis albicans, parapsilosis, tropicalis, and Geotricum candidum.
  • Digestive protector: study shows that methanolic extracts from Black Mulberries protect gastric mucosa.
  • Heart regulator: a study conducted on frogs observes a significant decrease in heart rate without affecting the force of heart contraction, when they were treated with black Mulberries fruit extract.

Nutritional values

*Recommended Daily Allowance

To know more about the plant : The Mulberry tree

The mulberry is a plant of the Moraceae family. It is a fast-growing shrub that quickly reaches 3 to 10 m in height. Its gray bark contains a whitish latex. The leaves are green, oval and shiny. The catkins (flowers) are downy and green. After fertilization, the catkins give way to the fruits, the blackberries. Blackberries are small globular fruits whose color varies according to the species. There are three main species: the white mulberry (Morus alba L.), the black mulberry (Morus nigra L.) and the red mulberry (Morus rubra L.).

The tree is native to China, Korea and Japan (where it is known as Sangshu) but is now grown throughout Europe. Mulberry leaves have been used as a remedy since ancient times. According to Chinese medicine, they are effective in preventing and treating many diseases: fever, sore throat, cough, liver disorders, eye disorders, kidney disorders, high blood pressure, etc. In Korea and Japan, diabetic patients consume mulberry leaves as a supplement to anti-diabetic treatments. The anti-diabetic activity of mulberry leaves is the most intensively studied subject, as its effectiveness is real. The bark, the twigs and the roots are also found in the Chinese pharmacopoeia.

In Europe, it is rather the fruit that justifies the cultivation of mulberry trees. Currently, China is the largest producer of mulberry.

Black Mulberries or Black Mulberries

Black Mulberries have many of the same health benefits as black Mulberries. Although these two varieties belong to the same genus, they are quite different.

The strongest difference is from an organoleptic point of view: blackberries have less intense flavors and a sweet, slightly biscuity taste; blackberries are more intense, sour and bitter.

Nutritionally, the differences are smaller: black Mulberries provide more fiber, fat and carbohydrates than black Mulberries. On the other hand, black Mulberries are slightly richer in proteins and less caloric. In terms of micronutrients, black Mulberries have a stronger antioxidant activity than black Mulberries. In fact, a study shows that black Mulberries contain slightly more polyphenols.

If your choice is based on antioxidant activity, we recommend Black Mulberries. On the other hand, if your choice is for their energizing and intestinal transit stimulating effect, we recommend black Mulberries. Otherwise, only your taste preferences will guide you. For those who are undecided, how about combining them?

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