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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 SomersetPosts: 9,656
    Damsons? We've got a few of those in our local community orchard.
  • Blue OnionBlue Onion Posts: 2,907
    Sloes. 
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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 79,496
    Sloes .., or possibly a sloe x damson that we called Blackjacks … pick and use as sloes. 
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  • raisingirlraisingirl East Devon, on the Edge of Exmoor.Posts: 5,905
    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. 
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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 79,496
    The Bullaces I know from Suffolk are the Shepherd’s  Bullace which has more of the colour of a Victoria plum. 
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  • 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 Billericay, EssexPosts: 9,083
    Taste one - if it's a sloe it'll make your face screw-up :)
    Sloes also have some nasty thorns
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