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Sloe Berries, Cliff Road, Blackwood, Caerphilly County Borough 16 October 2015

Sloe Berries, Cliff Road, Blackwood, Caerphilly County Borough 16 October 2015
Sloe (Prunus spinosa) berries. Many years ago, we decided to make sloe gin (I can't explain why, we dislike gin) and went out into the countryside to collect berries. Unfortunately there was a hole in the bag and we left a trail of sloe berries behind us, Hansel & Gretel fashion. After the berries had steeped in the gin, doing nothing for the taste, we tried to make sloe gin chocolate with the fruit. This too, was a disaster. Since then, we've just admired the berries on the bush.

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slgwv
slgwv
So _that's_ a sloeberry! I'd wondered--you never hear about them other than with respect to sloe gin.
22 months ago.
Cold War Warrior
Cold War Warrior
Don't you have them in America?
22 months ago.
slgwv has replied to Cold War Warrior
I wasn't sure, so I checked with the Fount of Knowledge (i.e., Wikipedia), and it turns out they're not native but locally an invader species in eastern North America. The plant is unfamiliar enough, at least on this side of the continent, that you only hear of it in "sloe gin"--and then it has to be explained that it's not "slow" gin but the name of a berry!

I didn't realize that "blackthorn" is another name for the shrub. We have a very thorny Prunus species locally, desert peach (Prunus andersonii), so it seems common in the genus.
22 months ago. Edited 22 months ago.