Do sloes grow in America?

Do sloes grow in America?

The problem is that sloes, a species of plum, don’t grow in North America. And importing them from their native England is problematic at best. “Beach plum is a close relative of the sloe, but it’s native to New York and they only grow along the Northeast Atlantic coast,” says DeAngelo.

Can you get sloe berries in USA?

They’re not commercially grown in the US, but have been naturalized (i.e., gone wild) in the eastern part of the country. If you google “blackthorn berries” instead of ‘sloe berries’ you will find various people selling them or importing them.

Where can you find sloe berries?


  • Picking season: October to December.
  • How to recognise: Sloes are the small, hard, blue-black fruit of the blackthorn bush and are quite similar in appearance to large blueberries.
  • Where to find: It can be found growing in hedgerows, woodland and forest, but it grows particularly well in meadows and on scrubland.

Does blackthorn grow in USA?

Blackthorn is native to Europe and western Asia. It can also be found in New Zealand and eastern North America. It grows best in moist, well-drained soil and thrives in full sunlight. The tree grows naturally in scrub, copses and woodland, but is commonly used as a hedging plant.

Is blackthorn the same as sloe?

The small blue-black fruits of the native blackthorn are known as sloes. Hawthorn branches bloom with their bright red haw berries. The ‘sloes’ or berries of blackthorn are popular in gin, wine and jam making.

Where does sloe grow?

Information about Blackthorn Plants Blackthorns are small, deciduous trees also referred to as ‘sloe. ‘ They grow in scrubs, thickets and woodlands in the wild. In the landscape, hedges are the most common use for growing blackthorn trees. A growing blackthorn tree is spiny and densely limbed.

Where is sloe gin from?

Sloe gin is a British red liqueur made with gin and sloes. Sloes are the fruit (drupe) of Prunus spinosa, a relative of the plum. Sloe gin has an alcohol content between 15 and 30 percent by volume. However, the European Union has established a minimum of 25% ABV for sloe gin to be named as such.

When can I pick sloe berries?

Sloes should be picked when ripe and rich dark blue-purple in colour, and can be squashed. Some may have already fallen to the ground naturally. Traditionally sloes shouldn’t be picked until after the first frost, as it’s thought the frost splits the skin.

What can be mistaken for sloes?

Sloes have shorter stems and hug the branches more. Steve pointed out (see comments) that sloes can be confused with Deadly Nightshade – you can see some photos Deadly Nightshade photos here.

Can I eat sloe berries?

Sloes are in the same family as plums and cherries so if you’re brave you can eat them raw, though they are incredibly sharp and will dry your mouth out before you even finish your first one. Sloes are best used as a flavouring to deliver a rich plumminess, especially in sloe wine, whisky, jelliy, syrup and chocolate.

How do I identify a sloe bush?

The sloe grows on the blackthorn bush. These are easily identifiable due to their inch long black thorns. They are a wild form of plum and so expect the bush to look like a miniature plum tree. They will have slightly serated leaves.

What is a sloe tree fruit?

The fruit, called a “sloe”, is a drupe 10–12 millimetres (3⁄8 – 1⁄2 in) in diameter, black with a purple-blue waxy bloom, ripening in autumn and harvested – traditionally, at least in the UK – in October or November after the first frosts. Sloes are thin-fleshed, with a very strongly astringent flavour when fresh.

What is a sloe?

The Sloe is the fruit of the Blackthorn bush [Prunus spinosa] and in common with many Prunus species it flowers very early – so early that [in my personal experience] in most years, the majority of flowers are not pollinated and very little fruit is produced.

What is the origin of the term sloe eyed?

The expression “sloe-eyed” for a person with dark eyes comes from the fruit, and is first attested in A.J.Wilson’s 1867 novel Vashti. [3] Blackthorn is known for its dense, impenetrable thickets and thorns. Sloe gin is a red-colored liqueur flavored with sloe berries, the fruit of the blackthorn, a relative of the plum.

Is it easy to harvest sloe?

It is very easy to harvest sloes from the blackthorn but, be careful, these fruits only really have any value if harvested at exactly the right time. Sloe is astringent and bitter and doesn’t have much culinary value if harvested too early.