Sloes - In the House - October

Plant Magic: A Year of Green Wisdom for Pagans & Wiccans - Sandra Kynes 2017

In the House

Sloes are the fruit of the blackthorn tree (Prunus spinosa), which was covered in “May.” These are often the last fruit to be harvested, as it is best to wait until after the first few frosts to gather sloes. Frost softens the skin of the fruit and makes for a better flavor. Adding the flavor of sloes to gin makes a nice winter drink for the holidays.


2 pounds sloes

4—6 ounces sugar


After washing, prick each sloe with a fork. Place them in a large jar with the sugar. Use a jar large enough so this fills it halfway. Fill the rest of the jar with gin, and close tightly. Store for two or three months giving the jar a good shake occasionally. Strain out the fruit and bottle the gin. Keep the strained-out fruit to use for dessert toppings on ice cream, cheesecake, or whatever appeals to your taste buds. Also, the strained fruit can be frozen until needed.

Of course, in addition to flavoring gin, sloes can be used to give strength to spells. They can be dried and used as amulets for protection or to help gain control of a situation.

97 Payack, A Million Words and Counting, 176.

98 Sylvan T. Runkel and Dean M. Roosa, Wildflowers and Other Plants of Iowa Wetlands, Second Edition (Iowa City, IA: Iowa State University Press, 2014), 207.

99 Ibid., 105.

100 Cumo, Encyclopedia of Cultivated Plants, 266.

101 Kear, Flower Wisdom, 116.

102 Small, North American Cornucopia, 663.

103 Andrew F. Smith, Food and Drink in American History: A “Full Course” Encyclopedia, Volume 1: A-L (Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, LLC, 2013), 726.

104 Dobelis, Magic and Medicine of Plants, 103.

105 Wood, The Book of Herbal Wisdom, 138.

106 Ibid.

107 Raymond L. Taylor, Plants of Colonial Days (Mineola, NY: Dover Publications Inc., 1996), 49.