Mulberries

Mulberries growing in Breña Baja
Mulberries growing in Breña Baja

Mulberries were originally introduced to the greener parts of La Palma to feed silkworms for silk production. The fruit is a delicious side-effect. Sadly, you rarely see it on sale, because it’s fragile and doesn’t keep.

It’s also a strong, natural dye (and is used as such). If you pick your own, expect stained fingers and watch your clothes. In fact, if you’re staying near a mulberry tree in fruit, don’t leave washing out any longer than necessary, because they still dye even after it’s been through the inside of a bird.

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