The gorging is already beginning in my backyard on the mulberries. These are the sweetest berries I have ever eaten. The leaves of the white mulberry trees are eat by silkworms in Chine to enhance silk production. The Romans used the leaves for medicinal purposes and in German folklore the berries were associated with evil and it was thought the devil used the root of the tree to polish his boots. White mulberries are native to Asia and the red mulberry is native to America and is grown in almost every state. The darker berried trees live up to 100 years whereas the white only live around 70.