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What berries are these? Sloes?

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mrpoopybutthole Sat 22-Sep-18 11:05:56

The fields where I walk my dogs seem to have a lot of these berries. Are they sloes? If so, do they need to be darker to be ripe?

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MsHomeSlice Sat 22-Sep-18 11:07:58

def some sort of sloe or damson!

Get all the ones above dog pee height and make Sloe Gin.

mrpoopybutthole Sat 22-Sep-18 17:09:51

Thanks. Managed to find loads of ripe (black) ones. Definitely going to try making sloe gin!

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MrBeansXmasTurkey Sat 22-Sep-18 17:12:22

Dont forget to get your kids to taste one. That bitter flavour will make them wince grin Maybe I am mean in enjoying that.

RamblinRosie Mon 24-Sep-18 23:46:18

They’re damsons. Great for damson gin, freeze first, then defrost, prick with a pin, pack into a large jar, add half the weight of caster sugar (500g damsons = 250g sugar), top up with gin. Also brilliant for jam, jelly, fruit fools and mixed fruit crumbles. Only nuisance is the stones, I stew them, then pick the stones out with a fork, the stewed fruit freezes well. The flavour is superb, well worth the effort!!!

Oneofthosedreadfulparents Tue 25-Sep-18 13:45:47

Yep, definitely damsons, the leaves aren't spiky enough to be sloes.

mrpoopybutthole Thu 27-Sep-18 16:01:35

I don't think they're damsons, as neighbour gave us some damsons & they were a lot bigger (slightly smaller than a plum). These berries are smaller than grape size, even the very ripe black ones.

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Weedsnseeds1 Thu 11-Oct-18 16:18:49

Any slow or damson recipe will work.
Gin / vodka
Pate de fruit
Jelly ( mix with crab apple, boil, strain juice, 1 pint juice to one pound sugar)

Weedsnseeds1 Thu 11-Oct-18 16:23:21

Sloe - which autocorrect is still trying to correct for me

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