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    Does anybody know the difference between sloes and damsons

    Can anybody tell me how to tell the difference between sloes and damsons? Is there a way of telling ? There is a large tree overhanging my garden which is full of fruit and I want to either make them into a jam or make slow gin. It would be nice to know the difference.

    Looking at wiki, they could be either
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    Re: Does anybody know the difference between sloes and damsons

    Well, I've sort of worked out that damsons are generally bigger than sloes and grow on a tree rather than a bush. The bush that the sloes grow on is thorny (blackthorn) and to taste, sloes are very sour and feel like your mouth is drying out. Damsons are juicy and pleasant to eat.

    Looks like I have damsons.

    Off to make damson chutney
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    Picked enough to make 2 large jars of damson jam. Stored one and tasted the other.

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    Too bad the shipping costs would be so prohibitive,
    that extra jar could come here!

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    Mmmm ! Damsel jam
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    Re: Does anybody know the difference between sloes and damsons

    Ha ha ha ha that's the way I was thinking "damson in distress" but it's "damsel" isn't it. I've never heard of that fruit before.

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    Re: Does anybody know the difference between sloes and damsons

    Quote Originally Posted by Snowfire View Post
    Can anybody tell me how to tell the difference between sloes and damsons? Is there a way of telling ? There is a large tree overhanging my garden which is full of fruit and I want to either make them into a jam or make slow gin. It would be nice to know the difference.

    Looking at wiki, they could be either
    Easy, put one in your moth and chew - if it feels like all the moisture has disappeared into the void it's a sloe.

    The easier way is to look at the tree - sloes are the fruit of the blackthorn and the bush lives up to its name - the thorns a long black and very sharp.

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    Re: Does anybody know the difference between sloes and damsons

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    Easy, put one in your moth and chew - if it feels like all the moisture has disappeared into the void it's a sloe.

    The easier way is to look at the tree - sloes are the fruit of the blackthorn and the bush lives up to its name - the thorns a long black and very sharp.
    Yep did that. Figured that and made the jam
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    Re: Does anybody know the difference between sloes and damsons

    Quote Originally Posted by Snowfire View Post
    Yep did that. Figured that and made the jam
    I'm not a jam person but have been known to go huning the odd sloe.

    Cannot drink Gin but love the sloe variety :-)

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    Re: Does anybody know the difference between sloes and damsons

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bryn Mawr View Post
    Easy, put one in your moth and chew - if it feels like all the moisture has disappeared into the void it's a sloe.

    The easier way is to look at the tree - sloes are the fruit of the blackthorn and the bush lives up to its name - the thorns a long black and very sharp.
    Is the sloe not a rose hip or similar Bryn? I have rose hip In the garden but I must add, not by choice. Where as the Damson Is a variety of plum.

    I am sure I can remember my Father making sloe gin cocktails years ago.

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