sloes (Prunus Spinosa)

  • Sloes are the fruits of the blackthorn bush (Prunus Spinosa)
  • In the UK, October and early November are is the best months to pick sloes
  • Sloes are generally bitter, but they do get a little sweeter after the first frost
  • You can simply pick them and then freeze them to get the same effect


  • Sloes may have an anti-bacterial effect, according to a study at the University of Salford. Polish researchers have found the fruit is high in the antioxidants that have been linked to a lower risk of heart disease