Mulberry Chia Jam
Mulberry is a sweet edible fruit which is native to Asia and north America. They are either black, red or white in color and widely used for the preparation of tea, jams, wines, juices, dried snack, etc. This fruit can be consume fresh or dried. As the color of the fruit starts to get darker the more sweeter the fruit tastes.
This fruit has a lot to share about, but let me share with you some important facts and information about this fruit -
Did you know?
Mulberry fruit is widely used for the cultivation of silkworms.
In olden days, this fruit was used in the treatment of ringworm. It is also being widely used in Chinese herbal medicines for the treatment of several illnesses.
Mulberry trees that are usually grown from the seeds take almost 10 years to bear the fruit.
There are two types of trees, Male and Female Mulberry trees
Mulberry fruit is made-up of 88% water, thereby making it low in calories.
They contain high amounts of Vitamin C and Iron and fairly decent amounts of Vitamin E and K.
Anthocyanin is what gives the fruit it's color, is extracted to make natural food color or dye.
In ancient days the bark of mulberry tree was used to make paper.
Mulberry pollen causes higher risk of pollen allergy among individuals sensitive to allergic reactions.
Because of its nutritional benefits and sweet nature, I thought a jam of this fruit would be really amazing. So would you like to try this easy recipe?
Here it is -
Servings: 350 grams
Time to Prep: 5 minutes
Time to Cook: 25 minutes
2 tbsp Chia Seeds
6 tbsp Honey
Let's Get Cooking!
Wash the mulberries well under room temperature water.
Remove the green stems if not preferred.
Place a thick bottomed pan on the stove and add honey and a splash of water to it. Keep on low flame.
To the honey add the mulberries and cook for 10-15 mins until the fruit is soft and mushy.
Now add chia seeds to the above mixture and cook for another 10-15 mins.
Do add a splash of water if the fruit mix is getting too thick.
Adjust the sweetness if you need to.
Once the consistency of the jam is obtained, remove the mixture from the stove and allow it to cool thoroughly.
Once cooled, transfer it to a glass jar and refrigerate it.
Can be enjoyed well with crackers, toasts, pancakes, shakes, smoothies, etc.
Jaggery powder can also be used instead of honey.
Splash of water with the honey allows it to prevent from burning.
Do not store it in room temperature as it can get spoilt too soon.
Chia seeds are the best combination as they make up for the protein content in the jam as Mulberries have just 1% of them.