Black currant - <em>Ribes nigrum</em> - Zone 3 -

Black currant - Ribes nigrum - Zone 3

Black Currant is a small winter-hardy deciduous shrub that produces fruit with a tangy but delicious flavour.

HeightAvailabilityPriceQuantitySubtotal
2-3 Feetsold-out$20.00$0.00
1-2 Feetsold-out$16.00$0.00
6-12 Inchessold-out$12.00$0.00
10 x 1-2 Feetsold-out$120.00$0.00
Total$0.00

The Fruit

Black currants are small fruit averaging 1cm in diameter with a dark purple, almost black colouration. They are extremely rich in vitamin C and antioxidants among many other incredible health benefits. Black currants can be enjoyed raw or used in cooking to provide that extra something. They are also excellent for processing to create jams, jellies, and syrups and juices.

The Plant

A small to medium sized deciduous shrub attaining heights of up to 1.8 meters and spreading to 1.5 meters. Black currants are native to northern Europe and Asia and though it has taken a while to catch on since its introduction to North America in the seventeenth century, development of more disease resistant varieties has resulted in a significant increase in usage as a commercial crop. These strongly aromatic shrubs like rich and moist but well-drained soils. They can thrive in full sun or partial shade but don’t like too much heat so in areas with hot summers partially shaded plantations are more ideal.

CharacteristicValue
Height at maturity1.8 metres (5-6 feet)
Spacing1.5 metres (5 feet)
Hardiness zone3 (2 with good snow cover)
Soilmoist, but well drained
Sun / shadeSemi-shade / Sun
FloweringMid-May
HarvestJuly-August
Average fruit weight4.5 kg per plant
Fruit colorBlack
Years to bear fruit2
PollinationSelf-fertile but more productive with pollinator
Latin nameRibes nigrum
Average diameter of fruit1 cm
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