Resveratrol is a polyphenolic phytoalexin (3,5,4'-trihydroxystilbene) found naturally in several plants. I am not going to sing its benefits other than mention that this compound might protect us against cancer and cardiovascular disease as an antioxidant, antimutagen, and anti-inflammatory.
Silkworm -- the larva or caterpillar of Bombyx mori (Latin for 'silkworm of the mulberry tree') -- has good taste. The leaves of the mulberry tree (genus Morus) are its food, especially those of the white mulberry tree (M. alba). There are two other principal varieties of the mulberry: the black (M. nigra) and the red (M. rubra). But all of them contain resveratrol. Hence, the silk connection for you.
Mulberries are not commercially grown in the United States. They can be eaten raw or dried or used for jams, jellies, desserts, and mulberry wine. You can dry the fruit like the Turks do. Chinese make fruit juice from it.
We would have a head start for the day when we might need more of the nonsynthetic fabrics like silk, though I never quit wearing silk, with our own mulberry leaves while still enjoying resveratrol-containing mulberry fruit and its products.
Oh, remember the mulberry wine in your resveratrol research.
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