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Prunus Spinosa – Blackthorn or Sloe is a species of Prunus native to Europe, western Asia and locally in Northwest Africa. It is also locally naturalised in New Zealand and eastern North America. The species name ‘spinosa’ is a Latin term indicating the pointed or thorn like spur shoots characteristic of this species. The common name ‘blackthorn’ is due to the thorny nature of the shrub and it’s very dark bark. The word for the fruit ‘sloe’ comes from the Old English word ‘slah’, in the UK these are harvested in the autumn after the first frost and turned into a liqueur called Sloe Gin, very nice it is too!