Whilst we still have a few apples on our garden tree, we have also taken advantage of nature’s bounty to make a winter favourite - slow gin! On pre-lockdown travels in Dorset we walked along the cliffs rising to Ballard Down to collect sloes, and then later when travelling in Devon we gathered medlars dropped from trees in a Totnes churchyard. So in this past week we’ve started off the Sloe Gin and made medlar jelly. Here’s some pictures, recipes to follow....
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Gareth is an ecologist interested in conserving traditional orchards and heritage fruit, for people and wildlife.