Bumper Crop of Sloe Berries
Thanks to recent summer storms, hedgerow fruits such as blackberries and sloe berries are already being foraged.
The crops which normally come into season in late September, have been tricked into thinking its autumn already and are appearing on hedgerows in abundance.
Sloe berries, which are grown on blackthorn trees, can now be picked to make delicious sloe gin.
John Wright, a foraging expert said: "The first sloes are out about four weeks early this year. Nature tends to follow the weather rather than by the calendar and that's exactly what has happened here.”
Sloe gin is renowned for its delicious winter warming qualities and is best served as an after dinner tipple with or without ice.
Delicious sloe gin
If you fancy a bit of a purple tipple you can make sloe gin at home with Kilner’s sloe gin gift set.