Blackthorn fruit – Sloe berries are the favourite of mistle thrushes

Sloe progress to cheer up the mistle thrush

Blackthorn (prunus spinosa) produces small, round bluish-black fruits known as sloes. These begin to appear in early summer and ripen by Oct. They're normally picked after the first frosts as cold sweetens the sloes as they ripen further, but placing them in the freezer will do an equally good job. Traditionally used for flavouring gin. Zone 5-9

Sloes aren't just for gin - why not make whisky or jam instead?

Blackthorn (prunus spinosa) produces small, round bluish-black fruits known as sloes. These begin to appear in early summer and ripen by Oct. They're normally picked after the first frosts as cold sweetens the sloes as they ripen further, but placing them in the freezer will do an equally good job. Traditionally used for flavouring gin. Zone 5-9

Elderberry, Sloe and Cardamom Liqueur...sloe berries, the fruit off the blackthorn, (prunus spinosa) can be used in jam, preserves, and for sloe-gin

How to make elderberry, sloe and cardamom liqueur

Elderberry, Sloe and Cardamom Liqueur...sloe berries, the fruit off the blackthorn, (prunus spinosa) can be used in jam, preserves, and for sloe-gin

blackthorn sloes - sloe gin/blackberry wine/nettle beer - hedgerow brews for sale in the shop or restaurant

blackthorn sloes - sloe gin/blackberry wine/nettle beer - hedgerow brews for sale in the shop or restaurant

Sloe Bloom Gin - Made by steeping handpicked sloe berries in Bloom London Dry Gin, a floral Gin which uses Chamomile, Pomelo and Honeysuckle as its botanicals. Delciously fruity and uniquely floral.

Sloe Bloom Gin - Made by steeping handpicked sloe berries in Bloom London Dry Gin, a floral Gin which uses Chamomile, Pomelo and Honeysuckle as its botanicals. Delciously fruity and uniquely floral.

Delicious raspberry gin recipe - will add to my summer To Do list along with a berry picking expedition!

Raspberry gin

Delicious raspberry gin recipe - will add to my summer To Do list along with a berry picking expedition!

On my Sunday afternoon stroll on the paths above Saints Bay spotted a good crop of Sloe Berries for you Sloe Gin makers out there! #LocateGuernsey Link to the whole collection of 'Georgie's Guernsey':-http://chrisgeorge.dphoto.com/#/album/4daaes Picture Ref: 30_07_17 — in Guernsey.

On my Sunday afternoon stroll on the paths above Saints Bay spotted a good crop of Sloe Berries for you Sloe Gin makers out there! #LocateGuernsey Link to the whole collection of 'Georgie's Guernsey':-http://chrisgeorge.dphoto.com/#/album/4daaes Picture Ref: 30_07_17 — in Guernsey.

Blackthorn berries | The Blackthorn family resemble their name in that their lips are purple-blue like the berries of their namesake.

Blackthorn berries | The Blackthorn family resemble their name in that their lips are purple-blue like the berries of their namesake.

Top 10 Things to Forage in Autumn | And Here We Are...  It's a great time of year to get out and find some wonderful wild foods!  All of these are really easy to identify, and grow throughout Europe and North America.

Top 10 Things to Forage in Autumn

Top 10 Things to Forage in Autumn | And Here We Are... It's a great time of year to get out and find some wonderful wild foods! All of these are really easy to identify, and grow throughout Europe and North America.

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