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

sloe berries before the first frosts   Yesterday we went sloe berry hunting. Our favourite location seems to have remained a secret from b...

Sloe gin is a traditional no-brew recipe made with fruit from the hedgerows. Tangy and warming, your version can as be tart or sweet as you like it.

The tiny purple berries are usually ripe for picking in October or November when foragers rush to collect them to make sloe gin

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

What can I do with the leftover sloe berries from sloe gin? - Sloe Port and sloe chocolate | Permaculture Magazine. Sloe CHOCOLATE and 'sloe port' -made with red wine and brandy.

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

Bruadar is a liqueur (formerly known as Scottish Highland) made with malt whisky, honey and sloe berries.  Not too sticky.

Bruadar Liqueur

Bruadar is a liqueur (formerly known as Scottish Highland) made with malt whisky, honey and sloe berries. Not too sticky.

Patxaran. Navarre, Spain made with sloe berries, coffee, vanilla, anisette liqueur... typically home brews. Make one day?

Navarre, Spain made with sloe berries, coffee, vanilla, anisette liqueur. typically home brews.

' If you can find some sloe berries, it’s a great opportunity to make a staple of Middle England’s Christmas drinks cabinet, and a delightful festive gift'

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

Sloe recipes - includes chocolates made with the leftover sloes from slow gin.

An unseasonably wet summer has led to a glut of sloe berries

It's going to be a bumper year for sloe berries

Fans of sloe gin will be pleased to know that sloe berries are appearing early this year

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! Recipe on http://moralfibres.co.uk/make-your-own-sloe-gin/

First, we distil our award-winning London Dry Gin on our copper stills. Then we leave it to rest on wild sloe berries, picked in the autumn. The result is a truly handmade sloe gin that is subtle, complex and bursting with flavour.

First, we distil our award-winning London Dry Gin on our copper stills. Then we leave it to rest on wild sloe berries, hand-picked in the autumn. The result is a truly handmade sloe gin that is subtle, complex and bursting with flavour.

how to make sloe gin

It’s time to make your sloe gin

How to make sloe gin. Okay for making one bottle, but the Sloe gin recipe from the Wild at Heart cook book is the best I've come across

Sloe Gin handcrafted by Sipsmiths  This was a wonderful addition to my 2012 Christmas

SLOE GIN First we distilled our award-winning London Dry Gin in our copper still. Then we left it to rest on wild sloe berries, hand-picked in the autumn. The result is a truly handmade sloe gin that is subtle, complex and bursting with flavour.

sloes from the blackthorn bush ,prunus spinosa

Ripe sloe berries on a Blackthorn - sloe gin recipe

Blackthorn fruit – Sloe berries are the favourite of mistle thrushes

Sloe progress to cheer up the mistle thrush

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