It is possible that you have tried sloes in gin, but have you considered making them into jelly? Sloes are wild food hedgerow gems, which look like small plums or blueberries. They are inedible when they are raw, but when cooked they have a great flavour which is perfect for jellies, jams and cocktails. Look for sloes after the first frosts in November and remember to take a pair of gloves with you when you go picking as the blackthorn bush has many long thorns.
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