Bullace or sloe?

There’s a lane which runs down the side of my housing estate and is a cornucopia of goodies for the forager. At the moment, that means haws, so today I went with my basket to collect some in order to make cordial.

I was therefore a little dismayed when the hawthorns seemed to almost devoid of their berries. Maybe someone had got there before me? Then I saw pigeons and was pleased to think they had been feasting, although if they eat all the berries now, what will they do come winter?

Anyway, I picked a few haws and then came across a tree which I thought might be sloes. I wanted to be sure they were what they thought they were, after previous mistakes which might have turned out badly. So, I did an internet search, which revealed that the sloes might actually be bullace.

If they are bullace (a type of wild plum), they are very tart, so perhaps not ripe. However, I forgot the check if the tree looked like blackthorn, so the jury is out.

I also got a few late-ripening blackberries when I discovered a hawthorn laden with berries, which I had sailed past on entering the lane. So, my concoction is now going to be autumn hedgerow fruits.


About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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11 Responses to Bullace or sloe?

  1. Autumn hedgerow fruits is a lovely thought

  2. I’ve never heard of bullace before! I wonder if that’s the sort of fruit our grandparents would have known about, and we’ve just forgotten? When I see blackberries on sale in supermarkets I do wonder if that means less people are picking them?

    • Helen says:

      There are plenty of people picking them where I live but they are still on sale in the supermarket…. I think that foraging is seen as strange somehow not the done thing by a lot of people, too. Sad for those who are missing out but good for foragers and foraging wildlife 😊.

  3. Foraging is so much fun! Your concoction looks yum 🙂

  4. atkokosplace says:

    What a bounty! What will you do with all the berries?

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