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?

Closeup of blackthorn aka sloe aka prunus spinosa sweden 20050924 - Prunus spinosa - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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

Right now our hedgerows are laden with plump sloes and jewel-like elderberries, so it's the perfect time to make this wonderful warming liqueur that will be ready for Christmas.

What to make with sloe berries? Really easy sloe gin! Recipe on http://moralfibres.co.uk/make-your-own-sloe-gin/

What to make with sloe berries? Really easy sloe gin! Put in freezer to break skins, saves pricking them

Blackthorn fruit – Sloe berries are the favourite of mistle thrushes

Sloe progress to cheer up the mistle thrush

Bumper year for sloe berries thanks to the bad weather | Daily Mail Online

Bumper year for sloe berries thanks to the bad weather

Sloe berries are not usually ready for picking until later in the year, but the fine summer and ample rainfall of the past few weeks has encouraged the berries to ripen early. They are often used in gin, jelly and puddings

Sloe Berries are in season- time for some sloe gin and sloe vodka!!!

Sloe Berries are in season- time for some sloe gin and sloe vodka!

Sugar and sloe berries in jar

Make your own sloe gin with the Gordon’s sloe gin recipe.

#Sloe#gin I like gin, I also like bitter pungent liqueurs (sweet vermouth is one of my favs!). I'm intrigued but gotta find me a blackthorn bush. Or a UK relative coming for a visit. The latter will be easier!

I like gin, I also like bitter pungent liqueurs (sweet vermouth is one of my favs! I'm intrigued but gotta find me a blackthorn bush. Or a UK relative coming for a visit. The latter will be easier!

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…

Five Ways to Turn Leftover Sloe Berries into Christmas Gifts

Now that you've made your own sloe gin, what do you do with the leftover sloe berries? Here are five creative – and deliciously inspiring – ideas.

What to make with sloe berries? Really easy sloe gin! Recipe on http://moralfibres.co.uk/make-your-own-sloe-gin/

Been foraging for sloes? Try out these easy illustrated sloe gin recipe for a delicious autumnal treat!

Sloes:    November is the perfect month in which to forage for sloes because it gives ample time for brewing sloe gin for Christmas. The sloe berry looks like a small damson - dark blue-purple skin with a dusty, frosted look to it. Raw, they're incredibly tart but if you make them into a jelly or jam, they're rather delicious. As with many autumn berries, sloes are sweeter after the first frost.

Noticing the first sloe's of the year, and digging out the last supply of the gin we made the year before.

What can I do with the leftover sloe berries from sloe gin? - Sloe Port and sloe chocolate

What can I do with the leftover sloe berries from sloe gin? - Sloe Port and sloe chocolate (statt mit Wein mit Sherry versuchen!

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