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Monday, March 5, 2012

How I Make My Own Mulberry Tea

My mulberry trees in front of my house.
Close up....the mulberry fruits are ripening. Notice the healthy leaves which I'm going to pluck to make into nutritious tea.
The leaves that have been harvested. I only harvest mature and clean leaves free from diseases. These leaves are washed under running water. Make sure that there is no impurities on the leaves.
The leaves that have been washed are now ready to be sun dried. I normally dry these leaves for  two to three days depending on the sunshine! During cold weather it may take longer time to have them really dried.
On the third day, the leaves looks like this! It had been raining on and off during the time I sun dried these leaves. Drying time is around 10.00 o'clock and collecting time around 3.00 or 4.00 o'clock in the afternoon.  If the leaves are still not dried enough, I will have to do the drying again the following day until they're completely dried up. 
You will know that the leaves are ready to be used when you crush the leaves with your hand and they could easily be crushed into powder. But do not crush them into powder. Just have them lightly and loosely crushed.
This is how my mulberry tea leaves look like. If you want them darker, you can sun dry them longer under the sun. 

A glass of fresh mulberry tea ready to be consumed! 
To know more about the health benefits of this sweet tasting tea, please click here: - Mulberry Tea | Mulberrytea.org:

28 comments:

Sarah said...

Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

I love my mulberry tree and look forward to the berries each year but I didn't know about the leaves - thank you!

Anonymous said...

Great!! Ill make the tea soon!! Gracias my fb group: all about fruit trees

Selena Marie said...

I didn't know mulberry leaves were edible! Can you eat them or only make tea from them?

Can I share this link on my blog?

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Anonymous said...

We are planning to make business regarding mulberry leaves tea and mulberry fruit jam. Do you think sun drying is enough to prolong the life span of the tea?

Anne L* said...

Hi Selena Marie!
Thanks for dropping in.
You cannot take raw mulberry leaves as it contains harmful chemical when raw.
Yes, you're most welcome to share this on your blog. :D

Anne L* said...

Dear Anonymous,
mulberry leaves that have been sun dried will not turn bad as long as they're stored in a container free from moisture and kept in dry area.

KL girl now in Ipoh said...

I am eager to make mulberry tea too. I live in the tropics and have just planted my tree from a grafting.

Anonymous said...

Hi, how do I make Mulberry twig tea? I have a lot of branches left from pruning.
I have read that it is good for your joints.

Can I just cut the twigs in slices, dry them and make tea out of them?

Thanks a lot!

Anne L* said...

I'm not sure about Mulberry twig tea. But I've seen twigs of other plants that are processed the same way as the leaves. The only thing is that like you said the twigs are chopped/sliced and dried for a few days. Unlike leaves, usually the stems, stalks, and twigs of tea plant are bitter. So, please take precaution. You need to do more research on this. :-)

mark finch said...

does the leaves have to be off a female plant?

Anonymous said...

Can i juice young mulberry leaves and drink the raw juice like wheat grass juice

Anne L* said...

Hi Mark Finch,
I believe all the mulberry plants in my front yard are of female species as they bear fruits. :-)
Anyway, I've no idea whether tea leaves must be of male or female plants. I guess it does not matter...

Anne L* said...

Dear anonymous,
As far as I know raw and young mulberry leaves are not edible. They contains tannin, saponin and other toxic chemical that may be hazardous to human consumption.

MBrooks said...

What's the best way to have the leaves cleaned and process before making it a tea. Also, how long does it usually take for the harmful chemicals like tannin and others to remove out of the leaf before making into a tea?

Anne L* said...

Dear MBrooks,
To answer your question, please refer my post above.:-) Do not be too worry about the chemical contents from mulberry leaves. As long as the leaves are mature and have been dried under a hot sun until they're crisp, they are fine for making a great tasting tea. :-)

Anonymous said...

Thank you for info on Mulberry Tea making. A friend told me to just steep the clean healthy leaves in boiled water...but after reading above, it sounds like you are concerned about some chemicals...I do need something strong to help my eye problems...in addition to relying on pharmacy eye drops to control pressure...so am wondering if this is something my nice big trees are here to help me with.

Jason Allen said...

Thanks for all the data sharing on mulberries! Question for you- When you say mature leaves: do you mean maturity as in age of the tree or time of the year? I am curious if you have to wait for the tree to be fruit producing age to reach the leaf maturity you speak of or if you mean the time of the year such as summer months verses early spring. Thanks!

Anne L* said...

No, what I mean by mature leaves are that the leaves are greener & thicker in texture. It doesn't matter whether the tree is old or whether it's the right time of the year. Fyi, my mulberry trees are of the bush type. I prune them every now and then to encourage the growth of branches. More branches mean more leaves will shoot out. After the pruning process, it will take several weeks for new leaves to grow. When this happens you will see young mulberry leaves. They're light green and tender to the touch. These are not suitable for making tea. You need to wait for it to mature into darker green, thicker and tough. :-)

Anonymous said...

I live in Korea and whenever I see a Mullberry tree, I simply want to defoliate it for the tea !!! I do not wait day for the leaves to dry. I pluck good leaves, wash 'em at home, and drop 5 leaves hand ripped into quarters into a boiling quart or so of water. I turn down heat and let it do its thing for several minutes. The result is a fresh green tea greeenr than green tea with a GREAT fresh flavor. ALSO, another thing to do in hot summer is to make a weaker version of the same tea, let it cool, then overnight, let sit in fridge. You now have an AWSOME anti-oxidant drink that will hydrate and heal you. Win-win !!!

Anonymous said...

Can you dry the leaves in a dehydrator or does it have to be in the sun

Anne L* said...

This is just great!! Thanks for sharing new ways to enjoy mulberry tea.
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I have not tried using the dehydrator to dry the leaves. But I think with all the ideas shared here on how to enjoy our mulberry teas, I guess there is no harm trying it on the dehydrator...

Anonymous said...

Mona said,
thank you for this add, I just hear abour it and I tried already the green mulberry leaves. I am fewatful to know that I have to dry them because I have a history of low Blood sugar. GB
srsoli

Anne L* said...

Hi Mona,
Since you have a history of low blood sugar, please be extra cautious when taking mulberry tea as it may decrease your blood sugar. If you experience dizziness and blurred vision while taking the tea,stop consuming it and check with your doctor.
Anyway, you can still enjoy your mulberry through their fruits as they make good mulberry jam!!

Anonymous said...

I've tried cooking the young mulberry leaves as vegetable. not too bad. it tastes like spinach.

Anne L* said...

Yes...young mulberry leaves can be eaten only when cooked but they are quite chewy and can be tough :D

Anonymous said...

I just got my first mulberry tree!!!! And I'm very excited to start making my teas!!!! So the question is. Do I really need to sun dry the leaves for 3 days before making my tea???

Anne L* said...

Hi dear...my recommendation is to sun dry the leaves for a couple of days. Anyway, I've tried making my tea without having to sun dry the leaves and it tasted equally good.