It was widely cultivated in Italy until the superiority of the white mulberry for the rearing of silkworms was recognized.
China sent the white mulberry, and with it the cultivation of the silkworm, so important in many regions.
The best food for silkworms is the leaf of the white mulberry.
The fruit of the white mulberry—where it grows in warm climates—is very good to eat, and makes an excellent syrup.
The fruit is similar in appearance to the blackberry; the white mulberry is less widely distributed.
This kind came originally from Persia, but is now, like the white mulberry, found in all civilised countries.
Nine varieties of the white mulberry have been distinguished in cultivation.
The one who first arrived should await the other at the foot of a white mulberry tree near a cool spring.
On descending into the plain we found it well cultivated, being almost covered with white mulberry trees.
The white mulberry, Morus alba L., is a native of China, where its leaves are the chief food of the silkworm.
late 14c., developed from 13c. morberie, or cognate Middle High German mul-beri (alteration by dissimilation of Old High German mur-beri, Modern German Maulbeere); both from Latin morum "mulberry, blackberry," + Old English berie, Old High German beri "berry." The Latin word probably is from Greek moron "mulberry," from PIE *moro- "blackberry, mulberry" (cf. Armenian mor "blackberry," Middle Irish merenn, Welsh merwydden "mulberry"). Children's singing game with a chorus beginning "Here we go round the mulberry bush" is attested from 1820s, first in Scotland.
Heb. bakah, "to weep;" rendered "Baca" (R.V., "weeping") in Ps. 84:6. The plural form of the Hebrew bekaim is rendered "mulberry trees" in 2 Sam. 5:23, 24 and 1 Chr. 14:14, 15. The tree here alluded to was probably the aspen or trembling poplar. "We know with certainty that the black poplar, the aspen, and the Lombardy poplar grew in Palestine. The aspen, whose long leaf-stalks cause the leaves to tremble with every breath of wind, unites with the willow and the oak to overshadow the watercourses of the Lebanon, and with the oleander and the acacia to adorn the ravines of Southern Palestine" (Kitto). By "the sound of a going in the tops of the mulberry trees" we are to understand a rustling among the trees like the marching of an army. This was the signal that the Lord himself would lead forth David's army to victory. (See SYCAMINE.)