The mulberry is a tree native to Asia but also widespread in Africa, Europe, and North America, includes medium-sized fruit trees or shrubs.
The main known species are the white mulberry, the black mulberry. Its fruits are the main food of silkworms.
Main costiuents of the plant include malic acid, citric acid, and ascorbic acid. There are pecctins, flavonoids, especially in the leaves, and sucrose.
The drink that is produced has thirst-quenching properties. It was also used as a mouthwash for gargling, inflammation of the mouth and throat, against coughs and as an expectorant.
The root bark is attributed analgesic, anti-inflammatory actions. It was used as a medicine, for purgative, diuretic and hypoglycemic purposes.
The infusion of the leaves, on the other hand, has antibiotic properties.
It is used in cosmetics for skin masks, soothing and for dry skin.
The most common use of mulberry is to directly eat the fruits made into slush or ice cream. It is possible to consume them in the form of infusion, herbal tea or as essential oil, which, once extracted, has disinfectant properties of the oral cavity.