Is there anyone out there that could possibly confirm that this is a blackthorn thicket? I'm 75% sure that it is - the leaves have a serrated edge and the branches have sharp spikes all over them; the berries look like sloe, being blue, but they've shrivelled somewhat being well past their prime. The shots were taken about a month ago by a friend's vineyard, just outside Otane here in Hawke's Bay - apologies for their quality. Any help in identifying them would be greatly appreciated.
Just in case you're wondering why I'm so interested, well, if they are indeed Blackthorn, next year I'll have a source of sloe to make sloe gin. I'm in the process of trying to find an indgenous fruit which I could use to make a NZ equivalent - any suggestions?
- Want to learn more about foraging? Pop along to Wild Picnic, Johanna Knox's blog about the fruit and plants to be found in New Zealand, principally in Wellington, her home town, that are fit to eat and use.
- Free Food NZ, a site "dedicated to the widespread planting and mapping of free food bearing plants within public space". It's an amazing resource for those interested in learning more about foraging, sustainability, plant identification and more.