Sustainability Sunday - Foraging time!
Gin Fans, it’s foraging time! Autumn hedgerow fruits are now ripening in late summer ahead of schedule. This is due to the incredible summer we’ve had this year followed by bursts of heavy rain and a sudden drop in temperature as we come out of the heatwave! Ripening fruits can be found throughout our countryside right now with hedgerows laden with ripening sloes, elderberries and blackberries.
Sloe harvests are directly linked to the quality of the weather occurring in the spring and summer: too dry and sloe berries will be small and shrivelled, too cold and wet means berries will be few and far between. The balance between warm weather and rainfall gives the best conditions for an epic harvest!
Traditionally, you’d wait until the first frost to pick your sloes, however, by taking advantage of hedgerows laden with fruit now, foragers can pick and freeze sloes ready for our annual Sloe Swap. On Sunday 30th September between 11am and 5pm, you’ll be able to swap your sloes for some of our fruity and award winning Harrington Sloe Gin! Click here to find out more information! It’s a great activity for you to get outside with friends and family and connect with nature, check out a great guide to foraging here.
Did you know…?
Sloes come from the Blackthorn tree which is a common hedgerow species that can live up to 100 years! It has long thorns which originally evolved as protection for large grazing herbivores. Although this makes foraging a nightmare, this provides protection for nesting birds. In the spring, the blossom of the blackthorn is a critical source of pollen and nectar for our solitary bee pollinators. Check out some more fun facts on Blackthorn trees here.
Happy foraging Gin Fans, we look forward to you joining us at the Distillery on Sunday 30th September!