Mulberries—from the Old English mōrberie—are ripe and the few trees I’ve seen are loaded with berries this year, oodles of fruit, although, not a true berry, the fruits are really clusters of luscious drupes, each containing a small seed.
There are several red mulberry trees growing at Forks-of-the-River near Ijams and birds are not the only two-legged chordate feasting on the blackberry-like morsels. I’ve seen a few people eating them as well.
Did I say they were luscious?
They'll also stain your hands bright red, but you can lick the juice off your fingers. It's okay to be a kid, no one is watching.
Mulberry trees do not produce such huge crops every year; it would be too taxing. Generally they only oodle up every two or three springs. But this apparently is a big year, so go out and find a handful before the mockingbirds eat them all.