This African fruit was described in 1705 by plantation owner Robert Beverley as “excellently good and very pleasant to the Taste, as also to the Eye; having the Rind of a lively green Colour, … the Meat of a Carnation and the Seed black, and shining….”
Did You Know?
English settlers were encouraged to plant mulberry trees to help their silk production attempts. (Silkworms eat mulberry leaves.) Red mulberry is native to North America but the silkworms preferred the white mulberries of the Orient. Today Jamestown has both red and white mulberry trees.