Sloe Berry | Prunus Spinosa

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The Sloe Berry is a dark bitter fruit grown on the blackthorn (Prunus spinosa) and is closely related to the damson and cherry.  They are a member of the plum family and similar to the cherry.  Sloes are known for their tart flavour when first ripen and mellow to a rich almond flavour.

Sloe Berries are common additions to gin and wine and liqueurs.  

Form:

  • Whole Berries

Pack Sizes:

  • 100g
  • 1Kg (SAVE 42% OFF 100g Price)

Botanical Name:  Prunus Spinosa

Country of Origin:  Macedonia

Further Reading and Learning on Sloe Gin:

SO WHAT IS SLOE GIN?

More commonly thought of as a liqueur rather than a gin due to its sweetness, Sloe Gin is made from ripe sloe drupes which are a small fruit closely related to the plum. Each sloe berry is pricked and then added to a wide necked jar alongside sugar and gin. The jar is then sealed, mixed together and stored in a cool, dark place. The jar is turned regularly until three months have passed and after this time the gin starts to show a deep ruby red colour.

The sweetness and flavouring can be adjusted at the end of the process depending on the makers taste. Given sufficient amounts of time to steep, the alcohol will infuse an almond like essence from the sloes stones. Sloe Gin tends to have a lower alcohol content than traditional gin of 15 and 30 percent by volume.