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This is probably an odd question, but I thought it was worth asking.

Just this year I started getting interested in "heirloom" fruit, which includes sloe berries.

After looking around it seems like a pretty good crop is coming on.

At least for sloes (they seem quite rare).

Can fruit like this be posted to other states?

I would hate for them to go to waste.

Any suggestions welcome!

Cheers

Amanda
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Gus says...
I think there is information on the Aqis site, but I have had no trouble sending and receiving things interstate and even internationally.
I am sure it probably isn't a problem
What is a sloe berry anyway?
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6th February 2012 3:33pm
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micarle says...
I have a few large shrubs in pots and my dad grow's a few aswell.. Amanda you are talking about Prunus spinosa? or is it some other thing?
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6th February 2012 4:32pm
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Amanda4 says...
Hi micarle

yes they are prunus spinosa (blackthorn)

small plumlike with a dark purple skin and a very astringent type flavour

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prunus_spinosa

The ones that are used for Sloe Gin.

Sorry I did not think to put in the latin name - my question was my first post to the forum.

Doing some reading, I think Tasmania is one of the few places they grow "wild".

They were planted in hedgerows, some of which still survive!

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micarle says...
Yep same thing! My dad made sloe gin from a mixture of his own fruit and some from the southern highlands. Yeah i don't think there would be a problem, but always good to confirm it with Aqis

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Amanda12 says...
Checking with AQIS sounds like a plan.

Not sure how I would get the "word" out though about them though.

Have to think about that one :P

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Sebastian says...
Hi Amanda,
If you find that your berries can be posted to NSW i'd love to help them not go to waste by taking some off your hands. Do you still have them?
Thanks, Sebastian.
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27th February 2012 7:47pm
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TLW says...
Hi Amanda,
I know time has passed since you posted but I would be very interested in some Sloe berries if you have another bumper crop. Let me know if you can post them.
Many thanks
TLW
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25th November 2012 12:52am
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ringelstrumpf says...
Sloes absolutely need frost, without you can't eat them. And there's little flesh on them too, but they make nice hedgerows for birds to nest safely.
I think yalca sells them.
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Jon Lark says...
Hi just reading your post from last year.
if you have any sloe's this year I would be very interested in purchasing them for our small distillery on Kangaroo Island in SA.
please feel free to email if this is a possibility.
cheers
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Anonymous says...
Your too late mate,I had a huge crop this year but didnt really have anything to do with them so they just fell to the ground.Maybe next year.
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alex81 says...
hello have you got any berry left?thanks
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katrin says...
Just found this post...would you take orders for next year haha so hard to find them..
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gevuina says...
Not unusual to find these growing in thickets along roadsides throughout Tassie. There is a large thicket of them which I pass going to work daily still laden with fruit although a little soft(indicative of how the birds don't even appreciate them). Made sauce from them one year but a sweeter Damson plum I found to be better for this purpose_
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joncornish says...
I'd pay good money for sloes and so if anyone finds they have some please let me know. I'm from the UK and really miss them here in Sydney. They are best picked after a good many frosts before they drop off the tree/bush. They make Sloe Gin which is a drink that is out of this World! No two ways about it! Please get in touch if you have any info. Best regards Jon
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DawnH says...
Just found this page when I was checking whether the fruit I have been harvesting for last 3 years was in fact damsons or sloes. Now I know they are sloes! I bought a damson tree 2 years ago and this year it has fruit which are now purple whilst the sloes are still green! Do the people above who asked for sloes still want any sent? I picked 15kg last year and left at least twice that many on the bushes (hedgerows)
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Dawn says...
Just found this page when I was checking whether the fruit I have been harvesting for last 3 years was in fact damsons or sloes. Now I know they are sloes! I bought a damson tree 2 years ago and this year it has fruit which are now purple whilst the sloes are still green! Do the people above who asked for sloes still want any sent? I picked 15kg last year and left at least twice that many on the bushes (hedgerows)
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Timmy says...
Hello Dawn,

Myself and a friend want to make a batch of sloe gin but like a lot of people are having trouble finding the sloes. Is it possible to get in touch and obtain some from you? Would be happy to arrange a courier to pick them up from you.
Cheers
Tim
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Rex says...
Hi Amanda,
I would really like to talk to you about buying the crop you will have this year.
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Katrin says...
Hello Amanda,

I am still interested in Berries and plants!!

thanks Katrin
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Dawn says...
Hi Tim - I went out to visit my usual "haunt" a couple of weeks ago and there were plenty of unripe ones there. I reckon they should be ready in mid-late Feb. If you want to call me to discuss how I get them to you my number is 043 002 3693
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Timmy says...
Hello Dawn.
Thank you so much for getting back to me! I'll give you a call in the next few days and work something out with you.

Kind regards, Tim
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Dawn says...
Hi Tim

This morning I picked 6+ kg of sloe berries. I have an Auspost box labelled A5 which weighs 1.7kg when full. I could send you that via Express Post if you would like a sample of what they are like. Then if you want more you could arrange a courier - although AusPOst rates are much cheaper these days (just not very fast unless you pay the Express Post premium rate!) Dawn
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Dawn says...
Hi Jon & Rex - anyone in fact! I have not heard from Tim and have a box of sloes packed and ready to send anyone.....if nothing heard soon they are going in to my jam! Dawn
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75 says...
Yep the Sloe's are ready.
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Rex says...
Hi Amanda,
You have no idea how disappointed I am. The notification of your post only hit my email inbox today so I have missed being able to get your sloes.
If you happen to have any later ones I will certainly pay you a good $ for them.
My email is rex255@bigpond.net.au
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Rex says...
Hi Amanda,
You have no idea how disappointed I am. The notification of your post only hit my email inbox today so I have missed being able to get your sloes.
If you happen to have any later ones I will certainly pay you a good $ for them.
My email is rex255@bigpond.net.au
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Rex says...
If anyone has ripe sloes I will pay top $$$s
Email me rex255@bigpond.net.au

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Rex says...
If anyone has ripe sloes I will pay top $$$s
Email me rex255@bigpond.net.au

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Katrin says...
what a shame just got an email from new posts I wish I would have seen it earlier....would have loved to have some...still any chance email waterdrop81@yahoo.de

thanks Kat
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Michaeljd says...
I have been looking everywhere for some sloes to make Troussepinette. If anyone has some they could send To Vic I will be happy to pay. I only need 1-2 Kg.

Thanks
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alex81 says...
Hi 75 have you got any berries left?
in case give me a call.
thanks a lot!
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Wick says...
Would love to have some sloe berries if you have any. Vickijarrett2@gmail.com. Many thanks.
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Wick says...
Would love to have some sloe berries if you have any. Vickijarrett2@gmail.com. Many thanks.
Vicki
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Rooster says...
Hi Amanda

do you have any sloe berries for sale?

if so please call me on 0419004488

thanks'
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TonyR says...
Hello Amanda and/or Sean - I'd be interested in buying some sloe berries from you if you have any for sending to NSW. I'd of course pay for postage.

Let me know if this is a possibility!

all the best

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sean says...
I'll see how the season pans out Tony, It's not a big crop around my way this year but I will have a better idea in about a month. If you leave your email address I will get back to you.
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The Admiral says...
I would happily purchase your sloes, will need to get them to adelaide, if your interested reply to my email or even better call me 0402359103
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Tanya HR says...
Hi,

I would dearly love to buy sloes if anyone has some to sell this year. Please let me know by reply post.

Cheers
Tanya
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Emily says...
Hi there - Ditto. If someone's got a crop of Sloe berries and they are able to package them up for delivery to Sydney, I'd happily buy. Email is emilybxter@gmail.com. Many thanks!
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Dawn says...
Hi Sloe Gin Makers!
I picked a few Kg of ripe sloes this morning. Last year I learned that to get them through AQIS channels OK I must freeze them here first then TNT transport them to you and the maturation process starts from the moment they defrost. If anyone would like 2kg sent in a polystyrene box please contact me - you will need to prepay with TNT first so that they just do a collect from me. You can SMS or call me on 043 002 3693. Dawn
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PippaHall says...
Come this winter if you have any sloe berries I'd love to buy a few kilos if you want to post them to Queensland.

I'm sure you'd have no trouble selling crops of the berries all over australia.

For us lovers of Sloe Gin!
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Dawn says...
Hi Pippa
I do have a couple of kilos frozen left in my freezer if you are interested. My details are in a message sent in Feb to this forum.
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TB says...
I am based in Melbourne and would like to get some Sloes. Happy to drive and pick them up. Please help.
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Alison says...
Hi. I am desperately trying to get hold of some damsons to make damson liquor and damson jam. My mum always made it in the UK and I really want to make some. Unfortunately I can't seem to find them anywhere in Western Australia. Does anyone have any ideas on how to get hold of some?
Hope you can help.
Thanks.
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Alison says...
Hi Dawn
Do you still have any berries, and if so, are you able to mail the frozen ones to WA/
Thanks
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Dawn says...
Hi Alison - yes I still have 2kg in my freezer if you want them? Please call me to exchange emails 043 002 3693.
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Piggott says...
Hi all,
It doesn't seem to be possible to pick up Blackthorn plants anywhere in WA, does anyone know where I might get some sloes, or even just seeds to grow my own in the Perth area?
Cheers.
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SaraF says...
Hi Dawn,
Don't suppose you have any sloes left?! Thanks
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jacquelinecjenkins says...
Hi Dawn, I'm after some berries, seeds or plants. Do you have any left you'd like to sell? Cheers, Jacqui
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Dawn says...
Sorry Sara - berries wont be ripe again until end of Feb/ early March. Happy to send you some then...
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30th October 2015 11:18am
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Dawn says...
Jacqui - each year the sloe bushes produce new shoots/suckers from the adult plants. Two years ago I harvested a few of them and placed them along a fenceline in my yard. About 80% of them took and they are now 1m tall. No flowers this year so no fruit either - but at least they are growing. I sent a few interstate last season with some fruit which someone else was going to try growing the seed from. Let me know if you would like me to send you some suckers this coming season.
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Tony says...
Hello - I'll second that - I'd love to buy some fruit to try to make some sloe gin! Would be happy to pay for a small package by post
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jacquelinecjenkins says...
Dawn, thanks so much for replying. I'd love some suckers if you have any to spare this season! Cheers!
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Marjory Bufton says...
Dawn, do you have any sloe berries this year? Would love to buy some from you if it's possible to post them to W.A.
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17th December 2015 12:55am
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MeredithReid says...
Sloe berries and suckers/shoots etc always wanted here in Tassie. willing to travel. can be reached on meredith.reid22@gmail.com or 62546046 :)
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28th December 2015 11:29am
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Katrin says...
Hello,
If anyone has some suckers left and is willing to send them I would love to get some.
waterdrop81@yahoo.de

Thanks Katrin
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MandyP says...
Hi,
I am in Tasmania at the moment, travelling in our caravan until the end of March. I would dearly love to find some Sloes and following my old dad's recipe to make some sloe gin, for sentimental reasons more than anything.
I would welcome any response to tell me where I can find some. Thanks, Mandy
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Dawn says...
Hi Mandy - Tasmania is a big island (although it looks small on a map of the whole of Australia!) You don't say where you are or where you will be visiting? I have been told that there are hedgerows with sloe berries in the NW and around the Longford area in the Midlands (near Launceston). I am in the south so if you call me on 043 002 3693 I can tell you where the sloes will be ripe during March.
Dawn
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Reaper6666 says...
Sloes aren't as common here in Tassie as many think! Also distillers i.e. Nonesuch distillery, McHenry and a good few others have been on the lookout for these along roadsides which makes it even more difficult to find them. They're attracting quite a premium price for their Sloe Gin etc. etc. I have found "through quite a large amount of driving" found 3 x confirmed sites where they are at and have even picked berries from them "although not as ripe as one may think". These really do need to be picked from the first frost of autumn/winter to get the best from them! Also, a lot of people tend to mistake Damson plums for sloes! If your berry exceeds 15mm in diameter then it's surely a damson plum! If it's the size of a regular plum, then it's also a damson plum! If the tree you've got the berries from doesn't have any spikes whatsoever, then it's probably not a sloeberry either! Sloes should look very similar to blueberries! Another misconception is that the colour emitted from a sloe comes from the skin... Not true, the colour comes from the flesh inside. If you squeeze one of these and there's no red ink from it then it's plain and simply not ready. The sites that I have found them on this week have all had berries, but they're not as of yet ready.
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Dawn says...
Sloes are in fact very common in Tasmania - much more so than I had realised! Damsons ripened in January this year and fell off the trees weeks ago - sloe berries soften when ripe and get a distinct waxy "bloom" on their surface which is a yeast like product. You do not have to wait until the first frost to use them - just put them in the freezer which starts the maceration process. The berries in the south are quite a bit larger than those around Longford which may be due to hybridisation. Whatever the reason harvesting in the south is much easier and the product tastes great so I am told (not being a gin drinker!) See this link from the UK for more details and discussion about sloe berries and making sloe gin: http://www.sipsmith.com/blog/articles/how-to-make-the-perfect-sloe-gin
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Tony says...
hello Dawn or anyone - enquiring about the availability of Sloes for mailing interstate. Happy to pay for a package and postage!

all the best!
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Reaper6666 says...
Sloes will always be around a uniform size of about a 5c piece! They look like a blueberry! They shouldn't be overly large like a 10c or 20c piece! and if picked early they WILL NOT bear some of the traits that are used like sloe gin i.e. the coloring. Coloring matures as the berries become ripe! At present, berries on these bushes aren't at that point. Just freezing them and taking them out of the freezer later on won't give you that blood red color that sloe gin has! At this point, from the sloes, you might get a yucky brown but that's about it! I also definitely wouldn't go around selling large quantities of Damson plums to distilleries and then go around swearing black and blue to everyone that they're sloes! Only to find much later on in the piece from the distillers that it isn't what they've paid $30-$50+ per Kg for! No offense, but spreading misinformation is not what the world needs! Make sure you've got the right product before profiteering from it!
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Reaper6666 says...
Tony, if you can wait until around the first frost and organise a courier to pickup I will be able to supply a few Kg's of sloes. I will pack them in a sealed polystyrene box and will be supplied frozen. Once thawed out, they will have to be used!. Regards....
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jacquelinecjenkins says...
Where are you located Reaper? I'd live some sloe berries too if you have any spare!
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Tony says...
Hi Reaper666 - thanks for your response. If you are happy to send some frozen berries, maybe 1-2kg, I would be happy to organise a courier. You will know best when they are right to pick after the frosts. Could I contact you to sort out details? If you know of a courier in Tasmania who could deliver a small package, I'm happy to use that company.

thanks again!
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Dawn says...
Hi Tom
In the last couple of years I have supplied several people from this list (including distilleries) see above Luke, Alison, Meredith, Rowland, Jo, Lynette, Fred, Rex, Linh, Tim and Emily. They have all paid $10 per kilo if they live interstate and $8 per kilo within Tasmania. I have no idea where the rate quoted by Reaper comes from! I use Express Post bags which cost $24.50 for the 5kg bag in which I fit a 3kg polystyrene fish box that holds 2kg of berries and costs $4.65. That means the delivered berries cost $25 per kg which I still think is expensive - but I live where they grow!
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tony says...
Hi Dawn - I'd be happy to pay for that. Are your sloes frozen for sending?
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Dawn says...
Hi Tony
Please call or SMS me on 043 002 3693

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Dawn says...
I have been out this weekend to harvest the last of the sloe berries from my area. I have 6 x 1kg bagged ready if anyone wants them. Cost and contact details are shown above in earlier replies to this forum.
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SallyM says...
Hi All
I'm from Victoria but will be in Tasmania for Agfest and the week after that - so could pick up frozen fruit from you if it's still available. Could anyone please let me know if you have anything, specifically the ripe fruit suitable for gin.

Dawn - wondering if you have your 6kg still available?

Many thanks!
Sally :-)
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Charles4 says...
Hi all,
I live in Tasmania and am desperate for some sloe berries and on the lookout for a nursery that sells the Prunus spinosa plant.
If anyone has any spare going to waste please contact me (0438596379 or email charles.connor@fsst.tas.gov.au).
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TrudyN says...
Just wondering if anyone has any sloes berries that they are willing to sell. Please call me on 0413671133.
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Dawn says...
Hi Charles
I haven't seen any plants in nurseries - but plenty of suckers around the plants where I pick from. That is how I started growing the plants I have in my home garden now.
If you don't know the collection sites call me in a couple of weeks on 043 002 3693 when I am home again. (currently in the UK)
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Giuseppe says...
Want 1kg of sloe berries when ready.
Will pay - live in WA
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Ciara says...
Hi, I'm very keen to buy some sloe berries when they become available. I am in QLD happy to pay any amount!
Many thanks
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AndyP says...
Can anybody tell what time of the year the Sloe Berries are rip for picking. Thanks, Andy,
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Dawn says...
Hi Andy - we have started picking sloe berries here in the south of the State. They are not all purple here yet - but the ones that are ready will "e;give"e; when you squeeze them. The berries in the North usually ripen before ours - so I would say yours should be ready by now too.
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AndyP says...
Many thanks Dawn. This will be our first time of having a go at making Sloe Gin. Yes the berries are purple here.
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Sandy29 says...
I'm desperate for some damson plums. I wrote to SMH Food guide four years ago and got contact who supplied to Marrickville market once.
If anyone has any I'd very very grateful to buy them. I make Damson brandy liquor.
PLEASe let me know and Ill arrange to pick up anywhere in Sydney.
Many thanks.
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Dawn says...
I picked 20kg of sloe berries this weekend. I have 10kg cleaned, bagged and in my freezer now. If anyone would like a couple of kilos sent Express Post please send me an SMS with your email address and I will reply with details of cost and posting arrangements (or you can see my previous reply to this Forum in March 2016)
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Di_Mw says...
Hi Dawn I would love some Sloes if you still have some.
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Di says...
Hi Dawn I would love some Sloes if you still have some.
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James Heaton says...
I am looking for sloes to make my own sloe gin (I am a pom who used to live in sloe heaven in North Yorkshire). Can you help ?
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marian says...
I am looking to buy some seed or a couple of cuttings could you please advise
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Caversham123 says...
Does anyone have any sloes frozen that they
Would like to sell as they are out of season?
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