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DenisCooper

  • Joined May 2016
Are these sloe berries?
« on: September 25, 2016, 11:49:41 am »
Hi, just walking round on of my fields and stumbled across these.....are they sloes?

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DenisCooper

  • Joined May 2016
Re: Are these sloe berries?
« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2016, 11:53:18 am »
a few more photos

SallyintNorth

  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
  • Rarely short of an opinion but I mean well
Re: Are these sloe berries?
« Reply #2 on: September 25, 2016, 12:03:52 pm »
They certainly look like sloes.  About the size of a medium-sized grape?
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BrimwoodFarm

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Re: Are these sloe berries?
« Reply #3 on: September 25, 2016, 12:28:37 pm »
They look like a wild plum to me - a bullace. Though sloes are also part of the prunus family they're the fruit of blackthorn - the twigs are extremely spiky! I have loads of these bullaces on my land - they won't kill you but they're pretty sour.

DenisCooper

  • Joined May 2016
Re: Are these sloe berries?
« Reply #4 on: September 25, 2016, 01:48:16 pm »
Hi,

yes they are about the size of a medium size grape. the branches have really long hard sharp spikes on them too...

BrimwoodFarm

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Re: Are these sloe berries?
« Reply #5 on: September 25, 2016, 02:21:06 pm »
I think we need more opinions then! I was fairly but now, from your description, they could be sloes after all. I'd load up on the gin.....just in case.  :fc:

SallyintNorth

  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
  • Rarely short of an opinion but I mean well
Re: Are these sloe berries?
« Reply #6 on: September 25, 2016, 02:28:49 pm »
You could try eating one.  A bullace would be nice ;)
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Live in a cohousing community with small farm for our own use.  Dairy cow, beef cattle, pigs, sheep for meat and fleece, ducks and hens for eggs, veg and fruit growing

Greenerlife

  • Joined Mar 2009
  • Leafy Surrey
Re: Are these sloe berries?
« Reply #7 on: September 25, 2016, 03:32:57 pm »
I would say they are definitely sloes.  Get picking, and get the gin in!

Sbom

  • Joined Jul 2012
  • Staffordshire
Re: Are these sloe berries?
« Reply #8 on: September 25, 2016, 04:15:06 pm »
If the bush is spikey they are sloes, if not bullaces. Matters not as they both can be used the same ways...yummy vodka  jelly jam,, gin etc

Get picking!

DenisCooper

  • Joined May 2016
Re: Are these sloe berries?
« Reply #9 on: September 25, 2016, 05:42:29 pm »
excellent...a bottle of gin and a bottle of vodka is deserved i think :)....

devonlady

  • Joined Aug 2014
Re: Are these sloe berries?
« Reply #10 on: September 26, 2016, 08:11:32 am »
You may be better to wait a few weeks before picking, they will yield more juice after the first frosts. One of my nephews favourite spreads for his toast is sloe jelly.

pharnorth

  • Joined Nov 2013
  • Cambridgeshire
Re: Are these sloe berries?
« Reply #11 on: September 29, 2016, 02:36:12 am »
It is what goes in my sloe gin. I waited for after the first frost three years running and by the time we had a frost the birds had eaten them all. Then someone told me it was just as effective to pick them early October and put them in the freezer for a few hours before pricking the skins.  The frost helps disrupt the cells.

 

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