Sloe. How through thorns to break to jam?to the best share sometimes speak About the movement - “through thorns to stars“. In the childhood of my age-mates to eat to satiety just and was the main driving force of behavior. We well understood that it is necessary to overcome some barriers in way, and then there will be a miracle - life will become kind, full, perfect, beautiful. During that time we were fed up by the river, the wood, the field. Therefore also the sloe to us was a sign since the childhood.
We knew all next places in the district where the sloe grows, and often checked them - waited when tart, special, tasty berries ripen. And they ripened by fall: blackened in August, were poured by juice in September, and with the first morozets became the real objedeniye.
What was done of a sloe as it was prepared and turned into a delicacy? First of all, just ate fresh berries (from - for tartness do not eat them much - they “knit“ in a mouth). Collected ordinary - in the banks, cans, buckets (collecting should be made in time: which resang berries quickly stick together at the expense of “jam“ which is emitted from - under thin skins). For safety (from scratches and wounds on hands) it is convenient to tear berries in gloves. Collecting should be subjected to processing at once, otherwise the sloe either will dry up, or will stick together.
What else was done with berries? Our mothers, when there is a lot of berries, both dried, and wetted a sloe in water, cooked jam, did jam, jam, compote. Fresh juice of a sloe well stimulates appetite. Did both thorny fruit liqueur, and liqueurs. I somehow happened to be treated with such fruit liqueur - it is very tasty and it is drunk easily. The head sharply clears up, forces, it seems, arrive, but hands and legs of the head do not listen. And dream then powerful … Perhaps, it were subjective feelings, but also friends - companions confirmed such state after the use of fruit liqueur.
A sloe - a prickly bush with the branches growing densely, horizontally and with ovoid leaves (by the size - about pigeon egg). Mature berries on branches from a distance remind sinevato - a gray smoke. The sloe has many other names: oat plum, sour plum, prickly plum, black prickle, teren, deryabnik, conflicts etc. In reference books the sloe is called as prickly wild plum as it belongs to a type of a sort of Plum of a subfamily Plum families Pink.
The sloe is known both in folklore, and in literature. It is mentioned by proverbs, jokes, legends, songs, verses, prose. And its first synonyms - a prickle, thorns. More negative word meanings, phrases and phrases are connected with a sloe: a crown of thorns, through thorns to stars, a thorn, difficulty, adversities, sorrow etc. But, if it is honest, then and flowers at a sloe pleasant, and fruits, as a rule, very tasty! And if to adapt to safe collecting, then
can enjoy very much … the Sloe prickly (or a blackthorn) is a bush or a small, clumsy tree 2-3 m high (some views reach height of 8 m) with sharp thorns on branches. Five-petal flowers of white color blossom before leaves, covering all branches. Fruits - it is black - blue color with blue for a short while, pulp - green. On taste they it is tart - sour, however after the first frosts tartness decreases. Blackthorn fruits - the real storeroom of useful substances. Roots contain painting also tannins. In leaves vitamins C, E and other rare substances are found.
In traditional medicine use all parts of a sloe: for blood clarification, at cough, stomach diseases, at dropsy, an urolithic illness, at cases of skin rashes at children, for improvement of a metabolism. Long since infusion of flowers is applied at a hypertension. Roots, bark and young wood have good sudorific and febrifugal effect.
By the way, the person who overcame forest thorns becomes impregnable for all troubles and misfortunes. Descend behind a sloe - test yourself! Good luck!