It's late May, so that means two things to an urban naturalist: It's time to sniff the honeysuckle and to embark on the annual mulberry forage.
Durham is rife with mulberry trees that are in the public right-of-way—or their branches hang over it—and thus, the fruit is free and for the taking.
On my way to work this morning, I encountered at least three trees on today's route: West Chapel Hill Street and the Durham Freeway, Pettigrew and West Chapel Hill streets, right before the underpass, and West Chapel Hill and Great Jones Street.
I started a map of all the trees
I've come across. If you know of others, please let us know so we can add them.
According to the National Institutes of Health, mulberries
can be used to treat worms, dysentery and chest congestion. They are high in antioxidants and have anti-inflammatory properties. Hopefully you're fortunate enough to have none of these afflictions. Eat them because they're good and they're free.