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Please identify this hedgerow fruit

I think I know what this is but don't want to name it and influence your thinking! Please settle this :)

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  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Posts: 12,387
    Damsons? We've got a few of those in our local community orchard.
    North East Somerset - Clay soil over limestone
  • Blue OnionBlue Onion Posts: 2,995
    Sloes. 
    Utah, USA.
  • Sloes .., or possibly a sloe x damson that we called Blackjacks … pick and use as sloes. 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.





  • raisingirlraisingirl Posts: 7,080
    Or bullaces. Are they the same as Blackjacks or another variant? Doesn't make much difference, really - they are all subspecies of plums, all edible, variously sour though. 
    Gardening on the edge of Exmoor, in Devon

    “It's still magic even if you know how it's done.” 
  • The Bullaces I know from Suffolk are the Shepherd’s  Bullace which has more of the colour of a Victoria plum. 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.





  • They're about 2cm diameter, oval in shape, stems about 1.5 long...
  • Look like bullace. We have sloes as well and they are very much smaller.
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 11,288
    Taste one - if it's a sloe it'll make your face screw-up :)
    Sloes also have some nasty thorns

    Billericay - Essex

    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
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