- Sloes near Ramsbottom??
Funny, I found a footpath near Swillington, SE Leeds with hedges drooping with the things, I got about three kilos in an hour.
Can’t help you locally, but blackthorn grow best on heavy clay soils, so that’s your starting point. Best look for arable land with bordering hedgerows.Posted 4 years agoburgatedickySubscriber
Calling all locals!!
Just got back in from picking a few pounds of Blackberrys for pie and crumble duty.
Got me thinking that the sloe gin stash is getting a bit low, but I can’t remember seeing any sloes locally.
I managed to pick some up near Malham a couple of years ago, but it seems a bit of a trek if I can’t guarantee there’ll be any.
Has anyone seen any out and about??Posted 4 years agoDracSubscriber
Loads of sloes around here one of the best I’ve seen in years spotted loads in Yorkshire Dales too the other week.
Best places are abandoned railway lines, old industrial waste grounds, if you can find hawthorn you’ll find sloes too so just look in established hedgerows.Posted 4 years ago
Sloes are about 10-12 mm across when ripe/ready. Half the size of a grape, perhaps double the size of a blackcurrant. If the tree in your garden has bigger fruit it may be Damson, or even Bullace. Taste test them. Sloes are astringent…. they strip saliva from your tongue and make your teeth squeaky clean if you bit into one. A wild Damson or Bullace will be sour, but not astringent. If it is a Damson then they make even better gin than sloes…….. 😀Posted 4 years agoPemboMember
Picked a load of sloes yesterday, but not 100% sure they are sloes as they are quite big. They are completely round but the size of grapes and taste a bit like damsons, but look exactly like the wiki picture including the leaves.
First time I’ve ever attempted sloe gin and have enough for 2 bottles of sloe gin, so what would be a good alternative recipe for the second bottle if I go with the standard recipe for bottle 1?
225g/8oz caster sugar
1 litre/1¾ pint gin
edit: think they are bullaces based on what scapegoat said and a quick google.Posted 4 years ago
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