Persian mulberries are equal parts delicious and mysterious-partially because they go for $20 per pound. One reason for their high price is that for size-to-flavor ratio, the Persian mulberry (aka black mulberry or Morus nigra) can’t be beat. The fruit bursts in your mouth, so keep it closed unless you want some serious dry cleaning bills. Its sweet, deep, dark flavor is pretty indescribable and utterly addictive. You can get a taste at Downey’s (1305 State St., 966-5006), where John Downey has said: “I will be serving them for dessert with your choice of our own vanilla bean ice cream or crme fra®che. I made a little mulberry ice cream, too, if you would like to double dip!”


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