Ginger Wheat Blackberry Muffins

Sweet and Tangy Ginger Wheat Blackberry Muffins | ASpicyPerspective.comWarm and tender Ginger Wheat Blackberry Muffins. A fabulous breakfast or snack with fresh summer berries!

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Last Saturday I woke up early. My plan was to head straight to the farmer’s market, alone.

It’s fun to go with the family, but I usually try to leave before anyone else in my house is awake, so I can have a little me time and pursue the farmer’s market at my leisure.

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This time, my little guy Carson, woke up before I had a chance to sneak out, and he quickly got dressed to go with me. The two of us roamed the market in search of unusual veggies, fresh local goat cheese, berries, and smoked trout. We came to one vendor that had a table covered with mulberries. Carson couldn’t remember ever trying a mulberry, so we bought a pint and headed home with our bundle of goodies.

The kids loved the mulberries so much, that when we decided to pack a lunch and head to the pool later that same day, we took the rest of them with us to snack on.

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My husband and the kids swam and I chatted with friends. Later the kids gobbled down the berries with purple faces and fingers. As we left the pool, I happened to look to the left, and what did I see?

An enormous mulberry tree! Thousands of mulberries hanging at arm’s reach and scattered over the ground.

I hate wasting money.

The mulberries from the farmer’s market weren’t very expensive, but that’s not the point. The point is, I could of had as many mulberries as I wanted for free.

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Needless to say, we came back to the mulberry tree with empty containers and collected until we couldn’t hold another berry. That was the only way (in my mind) to right the irritation of paying for them that morning.

Mulberries are very common is some places, and not so much in others. So to clarify for the mulberry virgin, they are similar to blackberries. I find them slightly sweeter with a floral undertone. They are also a little longer and denser. Mulberries pull away from the tree with a small stem that should be snipped off before cooking.

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You can use them in any recipe where you would use blackberries… Tarts, jam, and homemade ice cream are lovely with fresh mulberries, or Ginger Wheat Blackberry Muffins.

Normally I make this Ginger Wheat Blackberry Muffins recipe with fresh blackberries. The tart quality is a nice contrast to the Ginger. Here I’ve combined these two ingredients in simple wheat muffins.

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The nuttiness of the wheat supports the stronger flavors of the ginger and blackberries without being overshadowed. These Ginger Wheat Blackberry Muffins are not too sweet, so they make a perfect breakfast or snack.

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However… If you happen upon a mulberry tree any time soon, try making them with mulberries instead!

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39 comments on “Ginger Wheat Blackberry Muffins

  1. Eposted June 21, 2010 at 4:55 am Reply

    Congrats Sommer!

  2. Sophieposted June 21, 2010 at 8:23 am Reply

    Congrats on your award!! yeah!! Enjoy!! Those mulberry gingered muffins look like the real thing: true winners!!

    We can't buy them here in Belgium,..that's too bad!

  3. Pattyposted June 21, 2010 at 12:07 pm Reply

    Wow! I seriously do not remember ever trying a mulberry! The mulberries in your photos make me want to dive in a turn purple! And also, your muffins are gorgeous – very nice crowned top. I hear you on the money wasting bit…I too HATE to waste money. That's part of why I make so much of what we eat now….I'm trying to save money, even though sometimes it would be easier (but not necesarily healthier!!!) to buy something pre-made!!

  4. 12th Man Training Tableposted June 21, 2010 at 12:48 pm Reply

    Absolutely love your photography, from both the artistic and graphic / instructive standpoints.

    Berries and summer … go together like … well, you know.

    Summer Solstice is today, but here's an astronomical factoid if you need another reason to celebrate the warmer weather. Summer solstice is the longest day of the year, and also marks the point where Earth is furthest from the sun. But, because of inertia, July 4-5 are typically the "slowest" days of the year: the days in which Earth's orbital speed is the slowest. That's why everyone is so laid back in the summer!

  5. 5 Star Foodieposted June 21, 2010 at 1:13 pm Reply

    Wow, such unique muffins! The mulberry and ginger combo sounds spectacular!

  6. My Kitchen in the Rockiesposted June 21, 2010 at 1:18 pm Reply

    Great looking muffins. I have never tried mulberries but I could see the recipe also with blackberries. And I love the ginger addition in them!

  7. Cooking with Kaitposted June 21, 2010 at 3:17 pm Reply

    Mulberries are one of my favorite fruits! I love this recipe. Thank you for sharing it.

  8. Jennifurlaposted June 21, 2010 at 7:41 pm Reply

    These sure do look fantastic!

  9. Saraposted June 21, 2010 at 9:12 pm Reply

    wow…I have never had a mulberry. I will look for them at my farmer's market, but I don't think theyy are regional. None the less, these look delicious.

  10. Pacheco Pattyposted June 21, 2010 at 9:17 pm Reply

    The mulberries are so cute! Your muffins look yummy, I'd love to try one!

  11. denise @ quickies on the dinner tableposted June 22, 2010 at 2:56 am Reply

    My husband's very keen on the stock market….but I think Wil Rogers makes a heck of a lot more sense LOL

    Oh!! I can so imagine how you must have felt when you saw that mulberry tree ROFL

    I love ginger to distraction and though I've never had a mulberry before, I can only imagine these muffins would taste nothing short of wonderful!

    Heart stopping photo, by the way…

  12. baking.serendipityposted June 22, 2010 at 3:11 am Reply

    While markets do seem like they would provide the perfect setting for alone time, it sounds like you had a successful trip just the two of you :)

  13. NANA Scrivposted June 22, 2010 at 3:46 am Reply

    Tell me more about how to shop for crystallized ginger. I bought some ginger chunks at the whole foods market one time just because I saw another lady buying some. It looked like candy. However, it was so spicy hot and hard that after time I just threw it out. I'm not sure what it was I bought other than it was ginger.

  14. The Housewifeposted June 22, 2010 at 5:02 am Reply

    Surprisingly for someone who loves berries, I've never ever eaten a mulberry before! This is something I need to set straight really soon… The muffins look so perfect and would be great for breakfast tomorrow.. if only I lived close to you!

  15. sweetlifeposted June 22, 2010 at 6:55 am Reply

    great combo mulberry and ginger..girl I would have been right there with ya picking those berries, too cute..congrats on the award


  16. Rubyposted June 22, 2010 at 9:22 am Reply

    I think you may have inadvertently found me something to bake for my dad next time I see him. He doesn't 'do' sweets, but loooooves ginger. I think if I leave off the sugar topping he'd really like these. I don't know if I've ever tried a mulberry – I'm very curious now. Oh, and I also have that song stuck in my head now (here we go round the mulberry bush…) THANKS. ;-)

  17. Cherineposted June 22, 2010 at 10:39 am Reply

    I love all of the flavors you incorporated here, and the texture must be amazing. The perfect breakfast!

  18. Rickposted June 22, 2010 at 11:27 am Reply

    Really like how healthy this is. Looks yummy!

  19. Emily Malloy (Ziegler)posted June 22, 2010 at 1:12 pm Reply

    These muffins look amaaaazing.

  20. A SPICY PERSPECTIVEposted June 22, 2010 at 1:29 pm Reply

    Nana Scriv~

    I like to buy crystallized ginger from the "bulk bins" at the store. That way, when I scoop them into the bag, I can feel them for freshness. They should be just slightly more firm than a dried apricot. They are covered in sugar and have some heat. Although, when you mix them into the muffins the heat will not overwhelm! Hope this helps!

  21. Kristenposted June 22, 2010 at 1:42 pm Reply

    I haven't ever seen a mulberry, let alone tasted one. I am pretty sure I won't be finding any here in AZ, so I am going to have to substitute another kind of berry in those amazing sounding muffins.

  22. wannafoodieposted June 22, 2010 at 2:33 pm Reply

    I'm absolutely intrigued. These muffins sounds wonderful with the combination of sweetness and warm sharpness. Like so many others, I have yet to encounter a mulberry (save for the monkey chasing the weasel but that didn't bring me any closer! hahah) but will be on the lookout.

  23. Kelly @ Hot Cookin'posted June 22, 2010 at 3:48 pm Reply

    Wow, your muffins look absolutely delicious! I love ginger! I'm going to have to try it in blueberry muffins…. I have some blueberries in the fridge just waiting to be eaten.

  24. Lazaro Cooks!posted June 22, 2010 at 4:37 pm Reply

    Fantastic muffins and photography. Love some alone time at the farmers market.


  25. Stellaposted June 22, 2010 at 5:13 pm Reply

    Hey Sommer,
    I love mulberries! I used to eat them outside when I was young until my stomach hurt…
    These muffins look so nice. I wish I had one this morning with my coffee. Oh, and I like that Will Rogers guy-he's onto something isn't he?!

  26. Adventures in Domestic Cookingposted June 23, 2010 at 2:38 am Reply

    These muffins look fabulous!!!
    I bet the Ginger is wonderful.

  27. Magic of Spiceposted June 23, 2010 at 3:34 am Reply

    Congratulations:) These are beautiful muffins, I am crazy about ginger…

  28. Baking Barristerposted June 23, 2010 at 5:48 am Reply

    I wrote a comment and it got deleted. Oh well. Anyway, I LOVE GINGER and these look too good to resist. I'm not sure if I can find mulberries, tho (i've never had them before). I wonder if blackberries would work.

  29. bradposted June 23, 2010 at 6:35 am Reply

    Well suddenly my Wafflehouse omlet and toast don't seem quite as good. To bad you are not open 24hrs, I would be quite a regular.

  30. Wheels and Lollipopsposted June 23, 2010 at 2:33 pm Reply

    I so miss Mulberries, living in France we don't have them here (or that I know of ) but will try this out using blackberries. Congrats on the award – very well deserved.

  31. Linn @ Swedish Home Cookingposted June 23, 2010 at 5:01 pm Reply

    Ohh, mulberries! My favorite berry after cloud berries, a swedish orange berry that looks like an orange little cloud. Great post!

  32. citronetvanilleposted June 24, 2010 at 2:47 am Reply

    I don't know what are mullberries in French (probably because we don't have them as Wheel and Lollipos said), but I know they're berries and wherever you put berries, I will eat them. Gorgeous muffins! Just gorgeous…

  33. Drickposted June 24, 2010 at 2:51 am Reply

    we have a mulberry tree right outside our work and I always intend to go pick a bucket full but instead watch as the birds do it for me … this recipe is a keeper, for next spring when the tree's fruit come back around ……..

  34. FashionFoodFataleposted June 24, 2010 at 5:21 am Reply

    I have never been a muffin fan; they always strike me as being a cupcake masked as health food so why not just have the cupcake? Having said that, these look fabulous. I am particularly partial to mulberries. Of all the berries they are the most delicious even though they are a shocker for their bright tell-all stain! Thank you Sommer.

  35. Annaposted June 25, 2010 at 7:38 pm Reply

    I don't think I have seen mulberries yet, but it's sure a nice combination with ginger. And I luuuuuuuuuv the crumble on top. Delish!!

  36. Kateposted June 28, 2010 at 6:43 pm Reply

    Had I not baked these a bit too long, they'd have been perfect. Love the flavor. Have you tried them with blueberries yet? I'm thinking I'll do that next week.

    Rating: 5
  37. Saraposted November 22, 2011 at 8:07 am Reply

    Awesome recipe,

    I just read an article on growing mulberries so now I know what to do with them.


    Rating: 5
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  39. Emily @ Life on Foodposted July 31, 2016 at 6:07 am Reply

    This look delicious. I am sure the ginger adds a kick to the muffins. Funny about the mulberry tree but cool you spotted it and could go back. Picking berries is always fun. I don’t think I have ever seen a mulberry in Connecticut.