South Africa is famous for its mulberries, and these simple fruits make a tasty, delectable jam that’s simple to make at home. Why not give it a try today?

What you’ll need:

  • A pot with water for sterilizing
  • Tongs
  • Jam jar and lid
  • Clean towel
  • 2 ½ cups of mulberries (don’t worry about the tiny green stems, but clear away other greenery)
  • 1 ½ cups of granulated sugar
  • 3 tbsp water

What to do:

Simply pop your pot of water on the stove and bring to a rolling boil. Carefully place your jars and lids in the water (use the tongs) and allow to boil for 10 minutes to ensure the jar is sterile and ready. When it’s done, lift clear with the tongs and place on the towel to cool and dry.

In a heavy-bottomed, medium-sized saucepan, bring your mulberries, sugar and 3 tablespoons of water to the boil, boil for a minute, then drop to a slow simmer. Cook thoroughly, stirring often, until there’s no foam and the mixture has thickened a little. This typically takes about 7 minutes.

Carefully, using a ladle to avoid burns, transfer the mix to your jar. Wipe the mouths clean, and screw on the lids tightly. Let them cool on the counter, not in the fridge, for the very best results. The jam can be used the next day, or after 8 hours of standing time. Once opened, remember to place the jar in the fridge – it will last about 3 weeks when opened, and indefinitely while still in its sealed jar.

Tasty homemade mulberry jam and toast is an amazing way to start your day, so why not give this simple recipe a whirl?

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