Blackthorn blossom

We tend to forget that all the fruit and vegetables in our local supermarket is descended from wild plants. Our sweet, modern-day plums, for example, started off many generations ago as that bitterest of berries, the sloe [Prunus spinosa]—also known as the blackthorn.

Today, the beautiful, white sloe blossom was out in abundance, contrasting beautifully with the plants eponymous black thorns.

Wild sloes are pretty much inedible. I speak from the bitterest of personal experiences. But the wild fruits still come in very useful. I look forward in anticipation to the day, next autumn, when today's blossom will have been transformed from this…

Blackthorn blossom
Blackthorn blossom

into this…

Sloes
Sloes

into this…

Sloe gin
Sloe gin

Magnificent!

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