Last week, my son and I went to one of Amman’s old neighborhoods to visit a the well known cultural/art center Darat al Funun. In the garden of that center are a number of toot/berry trees (of the red and white varieties).
In Jordan, this is the only known kind of ‘berries’. The tree itself is big (English name: Mulberry. Scientific name: Morus alba for the white variety and Morus rubra for the red variety and Morus nigra for the black variety)
Kingdom:PlantaeSo it’s unlike the bushes/shrubs that carry the various kinds of berries in Europe. The toot fruits are very delicate and very sweet when ripe and they fall off the tree when they become overripe.
European berries cannot grow easily in Jordan. My wife tried to plant some berry shrubs in our garden, but I think the weather is too hot for them here. Imported fresh berries can nowadays be found is upscale supermarkets in Jordan, but they are super expensive (simply un-buyable!)
So.. we spent 20 minutes reaching for the white berries and eating them off the tree, marking the official start of this year’s toot season!