Sloe Berry | Sloes Food Pictures Photos Images & Fotos { 19 images } Created 8 Oct 2011

Pictures of sloe berries from the blackthorn bush (Prunus spinosa).

The blackthorn has viscous thorns and was traditionally used to make cattle proof hedges which is why it is a common shrub in Northern European hedges. The berries can be used in preserves but unless picked after autumn frosts or frozen can be tart in flavour. The flavour of sloes is best known in sloe gin which is made by infusing sloe berries in gin and sugar for several months to produce a gin liqueur which in Italy is known as bargnolino. Sloe berries can also be used in jam and fruit pies.

Archaeological evidence has shown that the consumption of sloe berries goes back 10,000 years to the mesolithic and iron age. They could have been used for their medicinal qualities as they have anti toxin properties and can help indigestion and with colds.

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