If you’re looking for an easy and delicious mulberry jam recipe then look no further than this one.

It’s the perfect way to use those homegrown mulberries.

Mulberry jam recipe - a really simple recipe for mulberry jam

Mulberry jam

When I was growing up we had a giant mulberry tree in our driveway.

Come to think of it, it might have been in our neighbour’s backyard but it hung over our driveway so that made those berries ours right?

My sister used to eat them by the bowlful and I can still remember her purple-stained hands.

My pet silk worms even got a go at the mulberry leaves.

Of course, back then mulberries weren’t one of my acceptable foods so I never got to try any.

Mulberry jam

It wasn’t until one time when a friend gifted a huge bowl full of homegrown mulberries, that I remembered the bountiful berries.

What do mulberries taste like?

In flavour I’d say they’re between a blackberry and a blueberry with the staining power of 100 raspberries in one little fruit.

They’re also quite a nutritional powerhouse.

Are mulberries good for you?

Mulberries are high in many vitamins and minerals.

Here’s where the most goodness lies according to Healthline:

  • Vitamin C. We all know vitamin C is important for our immune system and it’s also valuable for healthy skin. I like to use wholefood sources of vitamin C as opposed to synthetic. Here’s why.
  • Iron.  This is one I often struggle with but it plays a pretty vital role in our bodies transporting oxygen around the body in our blood.
  • Vitamin K1. This one is important for blood clotting (so we don’t bleed out cutting ourself doing dinner prep) and for healthy bones.
  • Vitamin E. This vitamin is a source of antioxidants which helps keep our cells healthy.

They’re also a powerhouse of antioxidants.

How to make mulberry jam - a really simple recipe

What to make with mulberries

FREEZE THEM – Berries freeze really well. I froze a whole bunch of them to use in my morning smoothies.

They won’t be firm when defrosted so won’t be awesome to eat but they’re great for smoothies or fruit compote.

MAKE JAM – You can use this mulberry jam recipe (some call it mulberry preserve – I think it’s the same thing), with any soft berry like raspberries or blackberries but if you know of a local mulberry tree, why not make it with ‘free’ fruit.

Where to find fresh mulberries

They’re not readily available in shops but often grow wild in parks.

If locals do have trees, they’ll likely have an abundance of fruit.

Ask around on local Facebook groups if you don’t know where to find any mulberry trees to pick from.

Make sure you give them a good wash first though.

Mulberry jam recipe

How to wash wild mulberries

I recommend filling a sink with water, adding a few tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and soaking them for about 15 minutes (swish it around a few times with your hands).

Then scoop all the berries into a sieve and give them a good rinse before you use them.

If you’re not going to use them right away, lay them out flat on a tea towel and let them dry completely then store in the fridge in a tea towel lined bowl or container.

Fresh mulberries

How to make mulberry jam

1 Ditch the stems

I’ve been asked a few times if you can leave the stems in mulberries when making jam. Nope. I most certainly would not do that it unless you like little sticks in your jam.

Make sure you’ve gotten rid of all the stems from the berries then pop them all in a big saucepan.

How do you remove stems from mulberries?

Here’s a tip – you can use nail clippers to trim off the stems quickly and easily (I included how in the video).

Make sure you sterilise them first or at least give them a really good wash.

2 Heat and squish

Heat the berries over a medium heat and squish them gently to release the juice.

It’s amazing how much liquid comes out of these babies.

Once they’re all smooshed up (yes that’s the technical term), bring the pot to a gentle boil.

Mulberry jam ingredients
3 Sugar & lemon juice

Now add the sugar and lemon juice to the pot.

For a nutritional boost, use rapadura sugar in place of white sugar.

Keep stirring the mixture until the sugar has dissolved then bring it to a boil again.

If you’re short on time, you can just throw everything in the pot together and start squishing the mulberries from the start.

What to eat mulberry jam with

Really the possibilities are endless but some of our favourites are:

Homemade mulberry jam

You might also like cumquat jam.

Mulberry jam recipe no pectin
4 Bottle the jam

Bottle them up is the next step in the book but the jam is quite runny at this stage, more like a sauce.

Looking at the photo in the recipe book, that’s what it’s meant to be like so I divided it between jars straight away.

If you want it to be a bit thicker, reduce the pot to a simmer and leave it to thicken up a bit.

Otherwise, divide it between your jars (make sure it’s still hot), put the lid on then tip the jars upside down to cool.

This will make sure they are air-tight and can be kept unrefrigerated until opened for up to a year (as long as they sealed properly and were in sterile jars).

Mulberry jam recipe

How to sterilise glass jars for jam making

I sterilise my jars in a pot of boiling water then dry them out in the oven.

Make sure they are all covered with water then bring the pot to the boil for 5 minutes.

Use jam tongs to transfer the jars, upright, to an oven tray and bake at 100C fan-forced for about 20 minutes or until they are completely dry.

Make sure the jam is really hot when you pour it into the jars.

I also like to rub a piece of lemon around the rim of the jar and inside of the lid.

The acidity will help sterilise the jar.

NOTE: If you’re using recycled jars, I have a little tutorial for quickly and easily removing the labels from glass jars without ruining your fingernails (you’ll also get a bonus tutorial for making pretty labels in less than 5 minutes without having to buy anything).

Mulberry jam is delicious on top of warm pumpkin scones.

I can see mulberry swirl pound cake in my future. Enjoy!

What to do with mulberries (if you don’t want to make jam)

DEHYDRATE THEM – lay your washed and dried mulberries on the trays of a dehydrator and leave until well dried.

NATURAL FOOD DYE – boil 1/2 a cup of mulberries in 1/2 a cup of water and then strain it to make your own natural food colouring. I like to use dye like this in homemade playdough.

Other recipes with mulberries

Can you make mulberry jam in the Thermomix

You can definitely make this recipe in the Thermomix.

Where it says to bring to the boil, you will bring it up to 100C.

To simmer, lower the temperature to 70C.

Where to find mulberries

Mulberries grow wild in a lot of places. The best way to find them is to post in your local community Facebook group and ask if anyone knows of any trees.

Make sure you first look what time of year mulberries are in season in your area.

How to remove mulberry stains from your hands

I read a great tip for getting the mulberry stains off your hands. When you’re picking the mulberries, grab a few unripe fruit and rub them on your mulberry-stained fingers. The stains should come right off.

What about you? Did you have any fruit trees near by when you were growing up?

NOTE: mulberries stain big time so wear old clothes and an apron just in case.

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Mulberry jam

Mulberry jam

Yield: 500ml
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

If you’re looking for an easy and delicious mulberry jam recipe then look no further than this one.


  • 500g fresh-picked, firm, ripe mulberries
  • 500g sugar
  • juice of 1/2 lemon


  1. Pull all the stems of the fruits and put them into a large saucepan.
  2. Heat it over medium heat and crush the berries to squish out the juice.
  3. Bring it to a boil then add the sugar and lemon juice.
  4. Reduce the heat and stir the mixture until the sugar dissolves.
  5. Bring it back up to the boil for a few minutes and then bottle and seal the jam.
  6. Store it in a cool, dark place and it should keep up to 2 years.

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