Mulberry: We make yet another stretch by including Mulberry in this discussion. I do not recall having ever seen these fruit in a market, and am not aware of a host of recipes or usages for Mulberries. To me, it as a curiosity. But the Mulberries we grow at The Huntington are tasty and people enjoy sampling them.
Botanists group Mulberries with other plants in the Fig family. A Systematist would categorize these fruit with Figs, Hops, and Breadfruit.
Fruitwise, a Mulberry may look a bit like some peculiar Raspberry, but they are not comparable. Think of a Mulberry as an inside-out Fig, made of a central stem bearing a linear cluster of juicy fruit. Each individual bead is a small, individual fruit, produced by a one of over a hundred tine flowers clustered along the stem. That means the dispersal unit is a multiple fruit, which a Carpologist would call a Sorosus. In Dr. Spjut’s world of fruit types, Mulberry would be exhibited with the very unrelated Pineapples.