Today I carefully prised the lid off and added a little more castor sugar, then left it to work it's way into the fruit. After a few hours I tried a sliver. Well it's a "taste to die for" so sorry, none left to share.
Now, not wishing to hog the thread, I'll ask just one more question if you don't mind.
This evening a blue berry caught my eye as a potential freebie, it was hidden above the blackberry hedge. Not sure if edible or not, but definately on woody bush.
The picture is not one of my best but the dog was in a rush.
The fruit is no bigger than a 1p coin at the moment, I don't think the branch was thorny. Any ideas?
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That looks very much like Blackthorn otherwise known as Sloe, from where we get the delicious Sloe Gin. If you could get a closer picture I'd be more certain and there should be some thorns somewhere so be careful when harvesting. I'll just have a Google to see if they can be confused with something similar but nasty....back in a mo.
I'll try that again!
I can't find anything other than Laurel that might confuse but the leaves are totally different. See here for images of Sloes.
I'll try that again!
I would have to agree with you TA, that's exactly what it looks like - and it looks like a good supply, too.
Also found a Q&A about sloe recipes here, which might be worth a try if there is a plentiful supply of fruit on this tree.
Great find, Bob. Don't tell a soul !!
When Fiona was still doing her painting and decorating job, she used to keep an eye out for blossom in May as she drove to and from her various jobs. very handy for knowing where to return to in autumn.
Last year was a bumper one for wild plums, damsons and sloes in these parts. Let's hope the good summer has a positive impact, rather than resulting in a poor crop. Does anybody know what opinion is generally on this aspect?
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just got back to this thread; the yellow and the reddy- yellow things that bob found are both called mirabelles here in the south of France
I stone them with my cherry/olive stoner and it works a treat; some of the bigger ones are diff to set up but all stone very easily
The blue things def look like sloes; ugh; but my daughter likes to eat them raw off the tree ; she must have a cast iron stomach!!!
It is a bumper year for plums here so I am having a great time!
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