Where can you get sloes?
Sloes are the berries off the flowering blackthorn bushes, which is a common species found all over the UK. You’ll find blackthorn in most hedgerows. Each year the amount of fruit on blackthorn bushes varies greatly, depending on the weather throughout the year.
Are sloes ready to pick now?
Traditionally sloes shouldn’t be picked until after the first frost, as it’s thought the frost splits the skin. However, you can recreate this effect by putting your sloes in the freezer overnight.
Can you eat raw sloes?
Sloes are in the same family as plums and cherries so if you’re brave you can eat them raw, though they are incredibly sharp and will dry your mouth out before you even finish your first one. Sloes are best used as a flavouring to deliver a rich plumminess, especially in sloe wine, whisky, jelliy, syrup and chocolate.
What time of year pick sloes?
Sloes are at their tastiest, for birds and for people, between the end of November and mid-December. As such, the best thing to do is harvest the fruits in autumn and then put them in the freezer.
How many sloes do you need to make sloe gin?
What do you need to make sloe gin?
- 450g sloe berries.
- large airtight jar.
- 250g caster sugar.
- 700ml good quality gin.
- Sieve (for straining)
Can you pick sloes in January?
Sloes. The blue-black berries of blackthorn are ready for picking from the end of September to December.
Are sloe berries poisonous to humans?
While a small amount of raw berry will probably have little effect, the berries do contain hydrogen cyanide, which in larger doses may definitely have toxic effect. However, the berries are processed commercially into sloe gin as well as in wine making and preserves.
Are sloe stones poisonous?
I should point out that most members of this genus (Prunus) contain a toxin known as hydrogen cyanide. This is what gives many plants a bitter almond-like aroma. This can be dangerous to humans, and cause breathing difficulties, even death.
Are sloe berries poisonous?
How long should I leave sloes in sloe gin?
Leave to mature for at least three months – but don’t let the fruit spoil, so no more than six. Taste for sweetness, and add sugar if necessary/preferred. Continue the ‘daily shakes’ until all of the newly added sugar has dissolved.
How long does homemade sloe gin last?
How Long Does Homemade Sloe Gin Last? Using a muslin-lined funnel placed in a bottle, strain out the sloes after 3 months, 6 months, or a year. Before drinking, cork or seal your bottle and keep it in a dark cupboard for at least a year. It would be great if you could.
When can you pick sloes UK?
Across the UK, most sloes are in their prime picking period between late October and early November, so you can start picking in time for those sloe christmas liquors and puddings.