New Food Stuffs Tried at Whole Foods Market, # 97 Sun Dried Mulberries

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I remember the first time I saw a dried mulberry. It was not love at first site. The fruit looks like a cross between a miniature pine cone and a raisin. It’s a yellow and brown color with tiny bumps and little stems. However, when I read on the package that this “Turkish superfruit” is thought to be able to fight cancer, slow down the aging process, control diabetes, reverse premature graying of the hair, promote sleep, and strengthen the immune system, among other things– I decided that this might be worth trying.  The rating goes 1 to 10 (10 being the best). If you are feeling nutritionally adventurous, try some dried mulberries and share your ‘Verdict’.

The Raw Choice Wild Organic Sun Dried Mulberries

Verdict: 7

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Appearance: Dried mulberries are about the same size as a raisin; they are a golden color;  the outside of the fruit has tiny bumps; some of the dried mulberries still have their stems attached, but the entire fruit is edible
Flavor: Subtly sweet and nutty
Texture: The consistency is the best part– soft and chewy in the inside, slightly crunchy on the outside from the seeds
Cost: $ 8.39 for an 8 ounce bag at WFM. The product loses a few points here. I think the reason they are so expensive is a combination of factors: short growing season, organic, picked from mulberry trees in Turkey, production costs of drying and packaging the fruit. I’ve seen dried mulberries sold at natural food stores all over NYC, so you may be able to find a lower-cost product.
Health: As with all berries, mulberries are very nutritious. They are rich in vitamin C, Iron, calcium, fiber, resveratrol (research shows that it helps protect against cancer), and protein. In terms of diet, mulberries are high in carbs, low in fat (1g fat per serving, 1/3 cup), similar calories as other dried fruits (130 calories per serving, 1/3 cup)
Recommendation: Dried mulberries make a great on-the-go snack, a perfect addition in trail mix and granola, a crunchy topping for yogurt, and a yummy filling cooked with oatmeal
Resolution Stats: 9 new food stuffs tried, 96 more to go
Final Verdict: In terms of cost, they are  bit pricey. In terms of taste and health benefits, these dried mulberries are an excellent choice for a portable snack or part of an energizing breakfast . (I bring a bag of mulberries to the gym and much on them after a work out).

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