My daughter made a discovery today - our first mulberries of the season!
These are off our "Illinois Everbearing" tree. My pair of standard black mulberries still seem to be weeks away from ripening any fruit... and the Pakistan "long mulberry" is behind them.
This is good, since it means our complete mulberry season should last for months rather than weeks.
If you don't have a mulberry tree, I highly recommend you plant one. They're delicious, productive and easy-to-grow; plus they usually produce their first crop within a year of planting.
I'll post a full survival plant profile on the mulberry before too long. I'm waiting for the main harvest to come in so I can post photos of overflowing baskets and purple fingers.