sloe
Well ripe sloe.

Now the frost has gently carresed the blackthorn bushes, and we have picked some sloe from them. Often people pick earlier and deepfreeze the berries before use. I relie on nature to do the freezing for me, and believe the extra ripening on the bush gives a noble taste.

blackthorn
Blackthorn is very dense and thorned.

Despite thorns, it’s a pleasure to pick sloe. They have a gourgeous dark blue color, and can bear a beautifully purple-blue waxy bloom.

sloe in vodka

Home with the sloe we find a broad necked bottle, fill it with sloe and cover in neutral vodka. Now we just have to wait – at christmas we can enjoy a noble sloesnaps.