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Sloe fruit Near Capel Farm.

Prunelles (sloes) grow on blackthorn bushes (or épines noires). In the Vendée they make a popular apéritif, trouspinette, from the young leaves.

In the Alps and Jura, they make an eau-de-vie de prunelle; some also use them to make jam as well as gin à la prunelle—sloe gin.

Fruit and nuts

Text © Dana Facaros

Image by Andrew Hill