Blackthorn trees are distinctively known for their masses of white flowers in the spring. After pollination they produce rich, dark sloe berries.
Sloes are in the same family as plums and cherries, delightfully sharp to taste and the perfect accompaniment to a dish or preserve. They are a key ingredient of a much-loved winter tipple, sloe gin. Sloes are ready to pick from the end of September, however if you pick them early you can make sure the juices are released by freezing them at home.