The plant is successfully cultivated in temperate climates and subtropics. Natural habitats are the expanses of North America, Africa and Asia. The plant received its popularity due to tasty and juicy berries. It is also used for decorative design of the site, treatment and for industrial purposes. And, of course, it is the mulberry leaves that serve as food for the silkworm – the “producer” of silk.
An annual festival dedicated to the silkworm is held in Cyprus. The unique caterpillar, blind and unable to fly, for its ability to produce silk thread, enjoys great honor and respect among Cyprians.
It has edible fruit, which is used to make a filling for pies, make wines, and soft drinks. Red mulberries (originally from North America) and black mulberries (originally from southwest Asia) have a pleasant aroma. White mulberries (originally from East Asia) have a different smell, often characterized as “tasteless.” Mature fruit contains a large amount of antioxidant.