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 are appearing early this year

Bumper harvest of early sloe berries

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

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.

' 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.

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!

To make this German sloe gin, real sloe berries are macerated in Elephant London…

Elephant Sloe Gin / Half Litre

To make this German sloe gin, real sloe berries are macerated in Elephant London Dry Gin for several months.

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

pacharan, Blackthorn or Sloe Berry Liqueur, spanish liqueur, Patxaran : Pacharan Liqueur

Pacharan Liqueur from Navarra, Spain

Patxaran in Basque or Pacharán in Spanish is a liqueur that originally made from the blackthorn or sloe berries that grow wild in Navarra, a region in the north of Spain.

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.

BOLS Sloe Gin - A Lucas Bols classic and strangely not a #gin but a #cocktail #liqueur. Made with fresh sloe berries.

BOLS Raspberry - Full raspberry flavour that dips into sour.

Rain brings glut of sloe berries:

Rain brings glut of sloe berries:

The prized fruits - along with blackberries, haws and rosehips - are enjoying a bumper crop allowing foragers to harvest them ready to be made into a sweet liqeur.

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

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