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SLOE (sloh)

The fruit of the Blackthorn tree

Common clues: Gin flavoring; Blackthorn; Wild plum; _____ gin fizz; Purplish fruit; Fruit of the blackthorn; Fruit for flavoring gin

Crossword puzzle frequency: 6 times a year

Frequency in English language: 74462 / 86800

News: Boom time for berries

Video: How to make sloe gin

The blackthorn is native to Europe, western Asia, and north Africa. The common name is derived from its dark bark and skin, and from the thorns or spines that it bears.

It is covered in white flowers in early spring, and is often the first flowering tree in the countryside in its native regions. It bears a fruit called the sloe, which is similar to a small damson or plum, suitable for preserves, but too sharp to eat; in rural England so-called sloe gin is made from them, though this is not a true gin but a liqueur. In Navarra, Spain, patxaran is a popular liqueur made with sloes.

The blackthorn is extensively planted for hedging and for cover for game birds. Some forms are grown for ornament and flower. The foliage is sometimes eaten by the larvae of Lepidoptera including Emperor Moth, Common Emerald, November Moth, Pale November Moth, Mottled Pug, Green Pug, Brimstone Moth, Feathered Thorn, Brown-tail and Yellow-tail.

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SLOE (398) 55 We- >1 09 Gin flavoring

46 Tu- >1 09 ___ gin fizz

41 Tu- >1 97 Blackthorn

33 We >1 05 Blackthorn fruit

26 Tu+ >1 04 Wild plum

20 We+ >1 07 Plumlike fruit

16 Th- >1 08 ___-eyed DEWY

14 Tu- >1 09 ___ gin

10 Tu- >1 06 Gin flavor

7 Th- >1 09 Gin fruit

7 Th- >1 96 Kind of gin

7 Th >1 07 Tart fruit SORB

6 Mo >1 06 Blackthorn berry

6 We+ >1 06 Gin flavorer

6 We- >1 06 Tart plum

5 Tu >1 06 Fruit of the blackthorn

4 Fr- >1 07 Astringent fruit

4 Th- NYT 05 Sour fruit

3 Th- >1 08 Dark-skinned fruit

3 Tu+ >1 07 Gin fizz flavor

3 We+ >1 09 Gin type

3 Tu+ >1 05 Gin-flavoring fruit

3 Th- >1 03 Liqueur flavor PEAR

3 Th WSJ 08 Purple fruit PLUM

3 Th- LAT 06 Purplish fruit