T: Toot

T is for Toot or M is for Mulberry

Mulberry is a popular tree in Egypt, with its fruit eaten fresh or made into jam or juice (my favorite!). Their leaves are collected and fed to silkworms, who will munch on nothing else! Ripe mulberries come in a variety of colors – white, pink, red, and even black.

When the mulberries are ripe, school kids  on their way home in the afternoon will shake the trees and gather the fallen fruit. And after a quick rinse under a nearby hose – the perfect after school snack! If you don’t want to shake the trees yourself,  you can often find trays of toot for sale at your local green grocer.  🙂