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lorrayne



Joined: 17 Dec 2004
Posts: 210
Location: Hampshire
PostPosted: Tue Aug 01, 17 7:51 am    Post subject: Sloes  Reply with quote    

Is it too early to pick - they are dark blue but I'm afraid if I leave it too long the farmer will cut the hedge? Can I pick and freeze then make sloe gin a bit later on ?
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gythagirl



Joined: 18 Feb 2010
Posts: 1433
Location: Somerset
PostPosted: Tue Aug 01, 17 8:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Definitely yes to the latter question - it is said that if you use frozen sloes they will burst on thawing and you don't need to prick them 10 million times...I always freeze sloes! The sloes close to us aren't ready yet - have they got that 'bloom' on them?

dpack



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
Posts: 33021
Location: yes
PostPosted: Tue Aug 01, 17 10:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

ditto to questions and they are about 6 wks from ready round here.
as mentioned the whiteish bloom on a fat sloe is a good indication of them being ready.

good year for sloes here as the blossom managed to set fruit before the 5 minute hailstorm that halved the apple and devastated most of the pear crops

lorrayne



Joined: 17 Dec 2004
Posts: 210
Location: Hampshire
PostPosted: Tue Aug 01, 17 10:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

They do have the bloom however these are the ones facing west the ones on the other side of the lane facing north are still green. I'm off to pick!
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sgt.colon



Joined: 27 Jul 2009
Posts: 5862
Location: Just south of north.
PostPosted: Tue Aug 01, 17 2:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

What do you mean by "the bloom"?

wellington womble



Joined: 08 Nov 2004
Posts: 14821
Location: East Midlands
PostPosted: Tue Aug 01, 17 7:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

They get a sort of powdery coating. Like plums.

Mistress Rose



Joined: 21 Jul 2011
Posts: 8900

PostPosted: Wed Aug 02, 17 6:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I also find they give slightly when they are ripe. Haven't been down to the usual place, but it is in a hollow, so usually rather late. I also need to find all the ones I have in the freezer. Definitely freezer overhaul time.

sgt.colon



Joined: 27 Jul 2009
Posts: 5862
Location: Just south of north.
PostPosted: Wed Aug 02, 17 9:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Ahhhhh yes I know what you mean, seen them before like that. Thanks WW.

What causes it do you know?

dpack



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
Posts: 33021
Location: yes
PostPosted: Wed Aug 02, 17 1:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

waxy

gythagirl



Joined: 18 Feb 2010
Posts: 1433
Location: Somerset
PostPosted: Thu Aug 03, 17 11:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Homegrown blueberries have the same bloom when ready to pick. I have sloes leftover from last year in the freezer, was a good year round here.

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