The first frost means that we can pick sloes to make schnapps or juice.

The sloe is a wild plum of a misty blue-black colour. The fruit ripen during the autumn but are very bitter until the frost has had the effect of stimulating the fruit's sugar content. Plenty of birds - particularly thrushes - also enjoy the sloe.

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The information on this page automatically changes with the seasons here at the 'The footprint trail'