The snowy white flowers of the blackthorn are one of the first blooms of spring in the hedgerow. It has thorny branches, small oval-shaped leaves and, in autumn, purple marble-sized fruits, commonly known as sloes.
As with sloe gin, there’s a fair bit of waiting around before you can sample your sloe port but, believe me, it’s well worth it!
More berry foraging recipes:
On BBC Wildlife Magazine‘s website:
On BBC Countryfile Magazine‘s website:
- Sloes that you used to make your sloe gin
- Red wine 70cl, I like to use claret
- Caster sugar 100g
- Brandy 200ml
This is a recipe from The Hedgerow Apothecary: Recipes, Remedies and Rituals by Christine Iverson, published by Summersdale, £14.99.